It ought to have had no more moral than the Arabian Nights' tale of the merchant's sitting down to eat dates by the side of a well, and throwing the shells aside, and lo! He went like one that hath been stunned, And is of sense forlorn: A sadder and a wiser man, He rose the morrow morn. There is a complete lack of life, but also a sense of the sublime in the vast icebergs and glaciers they pass. The hermit stepped forth from the boat, And scarcely he could stand. But soon I heard the dash of oars, I heard the Pilot's cheer; My head was turn'd perforce away, And I saw a boat appear. This type of writing can be good-humored or bitter in its attack on what is evil, harmful, or just plain foolish.
First, they blame him for bringing bad luck on them, and then they quickly change their minds and praise him for killing the bird, thinking it had brought bad weather. Creatures There are many strange creatures who appear in the story. For example, just as the Ancient Mariner begins his tale, the joyful sound of a bassoon at the wedding reception distracts the Wedding Guest. The ship suddenly sinks and the mariner is stranded on an island with the hermit and asks him for the favor. It therefore appeared to me that these several merits the first of which, namely that of the passion, is of the highest kind gave to the Poem a value which is not often possessed by better Poems. In his loneliness and fixedness he yearneth towards the journeying Moon, and the stars that still sojourn, yet still move onward; and everywhere the blue sky belongs to them, and is their appointed rest and their native country and their own natural homes, which they enter unannounced, as lords that are certainly expected, and yet there is a silent joy at their arrival. And still it neared and neared: As if it dodged a water sprite, It plunged and tacked and veered.
With throats unslaked, with black lips baked, Agape they heard me call: Gramercy! Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water snakes: They moved in tracks of shining white, And when they reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes. The ancient Mariner beholdeth a sign in the element afar off. An appears and leads them out of the ice jam where they are stuck, but even as the albatross is praised by the ship's crew, the mariner shoots the bird: 'Twas right, said they, such birds to slay, That bring the fog and mist. To Mary-Queen the praise be given! Financial problems continued to plague him throughout his life, and he constantly depended on the support of others. Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down, 'Twas sad as sad could be; And we did speak only to break The silence of the sea! That ever this should be. Coleridge uses two literary devices in this stanza to emphasize the length of time that the ship was without wind.
All the while, the Albatross followed the ship, ate the food the sailors gave it, and played with them. That ever this should be! Engraving by for an 1876 edition of the poem. Under the keel nine fathom deep, From the land of mist and snow, The spirit slid: and it was he That made the ship to go. Archived from on 15 April 2014. Then like a pawing horse let go, She made a sudden bound: It flung the blood into my head, And I fell down in a swound.
Another way to view this attack on the bird is as another failed attempt to assert the mundane over the sublime. The hermit prays, and the mariner picks up the oars to row. Working class, first major work was Endymion a long poem , then he worked on Hyperion. He loves to talk with marineres That come from a far countree. And now 'twas like all instruments, Now like a lonely flute; And now it is an angel's song, That makes the heavens be mute. Coleridge made several modifications to the poem over the years. Left without an alternative plan, Coleridge spent the next few years beginning his career as a writer.
The poem may also have been inspired by the legends of the , who was forced to wander the earth until Judgement Day for a terrible crime, found in Charles Maturin's , M. This seraph band, each waved his hand: It was a heavenly sight! The Spectre-Woman and her Death-mate, and no other on board the skeleton ship. The rotten remains of the ship sink in a whirlpool, leaving only the mariner behind. . We drifted o'er the harbour-bar, And I with sobs did pray— O let me be awake, my God! Within the shadow of the ship I watched their rich attire: Blue, glossy green, and velvet black, They coiled and swam; and every track Was a flash of golden fire.
And every tongue, through utter drought, Was wither'd at the root; We could not speak, no more than if We had been choked with soot. Higher and higher every day, Till over the mast at noon' The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast, For he heard the loud bassoon. The human mind has always sought the knowledge of these things, but never attained it. The spirit who bideth by himself In the land of mist and snow, He loved the bird that loved the man Who shot him with his bow. Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean.
And envieth that they should live, and so many lie dead. From the fiends, that plague thee thus! At first it seem'd a little speck, And then it seem'd a mist; It moved and moved, and took at last A certain shape, I wist. Selected Bibliography Poetry Arch 1798 Arch 1800 Biographia Literaria 1907 Christabel: Kubla Khan, a Vision; The Pains of Sleep 1816 Fears in Solitude 1798 Lyrical Ballads, with a few Other Poems 1798 Poems 1803 Poems on Various Subjects 1796 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Oxford Authors 1985 Selections from the Sybilline Leaves of S. Then like a pawing horse let go, She made a sudden bound: It flung the blood into my head, And I fell down in a swound. Coleridge uses various poetic devices in his lyric ballad. I never saw aught like to them, Unless perchance it were Brown skeletons of leaves that lag My forest-brook along; When the ivy-tod is heavy with snow, And the owlet whoops to the wolf below, That eats the she-wolf's young. According to , the poem was inspired while Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Wordsworth's sister were on a walking tour through the in.