From The Thrilling Mystical Power Of The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner To The Visionary Magnificence Of Kubla Khan , These Poems Reshaped The Landscape Of English Poetry And Ensorcelled Generations Of Readers Now, The Folio Society Presents A Collector S Edition Of Four Immortal Poems By Coleridge With Superb Illustrations By One Of The Leading Wood Engravers In United Kingdom, Harry Brockway. So why did the Ancient Mariner shoot the Albatross To me the answer is simple He did it because he could he did it because is he is a man, and that s what men do he saw something beautiful he saw perfection in nature, and he killed it That s humanity for you Sinning is easily, as quickly as a finger click it happens just like that There s little thought involved For the Mariner it is spontaneity itself it s in his nature to destroy The shooting of the bird suggests that all sin is the same it s so very easy to be evil in the face of opportunity And I had done a hellish thing,And it would work em woe For all averred, I had killed the birdThat made the breeze to blow.Ah wretch said they, the bird to slay,That made the breeze to blow The bird is suggestive of a Christian soul the Mariner shoots in regardless He doesn t care Remorse comes later, but can it be called true remorse It is only born out of regret because of the dire situation he is placed in because of his wanton act Is this remorse or self pity Is he merely regretful because he wishes to be s
Her lips were red, her looks were free, Her locks were yellow as gold Her skin was white as leprosy,The Nightmare Life in Death was she, Who thicks man s blood with cold.When I did construction work this is what I always wrote on the inside
Who we start out as and who we end up as has always seemed to me to be the central point of this poem One can often return to a physical place but in the returning find that place lost due to the way their journey has changed their soul Looking for salvation one often finds th
Since then, at an uncertain hour,That agony returns And till my ghastly tale is told,This heart within me burns. 75 Today, if a stranger stopped me at some party to talk to me about some story, I d probably walk away with a nervous smile, holding my pepper spray with dissimulation I admit it, I do not easily trust people That is one of my many flaws fed by one complicated present And, yes, not all people are bad but I am not willing to take any chances.However, many years ago, a young man that was going to a wedding, had no other choice but to listen to a strange man s story He resisted but the old man, a bright eyed Mariner, had already decided that the young guest was going to be the next listener And so the story begins.This is my first Coleridge and I was delightfully surprised This poem was published in 1798 and it is divided into seven parts It is written in old English, of course, and that always means that I have to read it very carefully to avoid confusion At some point, I felt like a four year old finding help in the beautiful illustrations that this book contains I probably should not admit that, but there it is It is written I cannot take
If all poetry books were like this, I would never read any prose.____________________________________________I was thinking about the Ancient Mariner just now, apropos Kris s review of Ice, and recalled an incident from a project I was once involved in The person in charge failed to renew the contract of a difficult but talented software engineer, after which we had a lot of problems This prompted the following verse For he
Reading the USS INDIANAPOLIS a few weeks back brought this poem to my attention beginning with the well known words
Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink
First published in 1798, I was both delighted and surprised to find where this poem actually begins and takes the reader It s really quite an amazing journey that may appeal to those who don t even care for poetry.
It s an eerie story with equally eerie illustrations told by an old sailor mariner about a disastrous voyage that begins with a storm that leads them astray until a lucky albatross appears and guides them along to safety.but then the mariner shockingly shoots the albatross and bad luck, bad spirits, slimy legged sea creatures and death result, but that s not where it ends.there s so much .
If you have a little window of time to fit this one in.I highly recommend it It s easy to understand.and a winner of a cl
Farewell, farewell But this I tellTo thee, thou Wedding Guest He prayeth well, who loveth wellBoth man and bird and beast.He prayeth best, who loveth bestAll things both great and small For the dear God who
Definitely in my top 10 favorite poems I love the way it flows the lyrical rhythm soothes the battered soul Day after day, day after day,We stuck, nor breath nor motion As idle as a painted shipUpon a painted ocean.Water, water, everywhere And all the boards did shri
Beware the Age of Reason14 December 2014 Whenever I come to this poem the first thing that comes to mind is the song by Iron Maiden unfortunately I don t think they did a video clip which would have been awesome in its own right.I am really tempted to spend the rest of this review talking about how as a teenager I loved Iron Maiden, and about how they were unfairly persecuted by the church because they released one song called Number of the Beast with an album of the same name , where in reality they just wrote some really cool songs with some really cool music Okay, this particular song is based heavily on the poem, and probably would be akin to a ballad as opposed to a song, but I am getting ahead of myself here because I probably shouldn t be talking about Iron Maiden Still, I should at least display the cover for the single As I was looking through Google Images for this particular poster I noticed that a lot of the artwork relating to this particular poem was very dark, and in some cases bordering on the horrific Take for instance this poster There is a very heavy spiritual element to it, but then again the poem itself has some very strong spiritual connotations, with ghost ships, curses, and of course the mariner being forced to live and watch all of his crew die of thirst o
Hey, where were you last night Huh It was the wedding last night Remember Hello, you were supposed to be the best man The bride was really upset when you didn t show up Everybody kept asking me, Where is he, where is he And I was like, I don t know I was kind of getting worried about you, dude Oh Sorry So why didn t you come You sick or something No, not sick, exactly So you just blew us off Well I got distracted, I guess It was the weirdest thing I mean, I was on my way to the reception, when all of a sudden this creepy old guy comes up to me, right And he just looked all greasy and skinny and unshaven And he was all, There was a ship He just walks up to you, and says that Dude That s really weird I know, right So I was like, Piss off, you crazy old guy with a beard But he wouldn t, so finally I just listened And he told this story, and actually my mind was kind of blown Your mind was blown What does that mean What kind of story Well, so this guy, he was travelling around on this ship, right And then this great big bird an albatross, I think he said started following him around, and, like, helping him out and stuff So then he shot it Well, that was kind of a douche move An