They are very numerous, and there is no climate or element without one or more. Death and Life-in-Death have diced for the ship's crew, and she the latter winneth the ancient Mariner. While there he mastered the German language and began translating. Instead of the gift that keeps on giving, it's the blunder that keeps on taking. Each corse lay flat, lifeless and flat, And, by the holy rood! The selfsame moment I could pray; And from my neck so free The Albatross fell off, and sank Like lead into the sea. The ship hath been suddenly becalmed. He holds him with his glittering eye-- The wedding-guest stood still, And listens like a three-years' child: The mariner hath his will.
Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge deliberately breaks this style in this stanza and in several other places later on to demonstrate that he values content and meaning more than form and structure. I cried she tacks no more! The souls did from their bodies fly They fled to bliss or woe! Coleridge's views, however, began to change over the course of his first year at Cambridge. The ship drawn by a storm toward the South Pole. The self-same moment I could pray; And from my neck so free The Albatross fell off, and sank 290 Like lead into the sea. The bride hath paced into the hall, Red as a rose is she; Nodding their heads before her goes The merry minstrelsy. The meter is also somewhat loose, but odd lines are generally tetrameter, while even lines are generally trimeter.
The Polar Spirit's fellow-daemons, the invisible inhabitants of the element, take part in his wrong; and two of them relate, one to the other, that penance long and heavy for the ancient Mariner hath been accorded to the Polar Spirit, who returneth southward. And he shone bright, and on the right Went down into the sea. And a good south wind sprung up behind; The Albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariners' hollo! About, about, in reel and rout The death-fires danced at night; The water, like a witch's oils, Burnt green, and blue and white. The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around: It crack'd and growl'd, and roar'd and howl'd, Like noises in a swound! The silly buckets on the deck, That had so long remained, I dreamt that they were filled with dew; And when I awoke, it rained. He kneels at morn, and noon, and eve -- He hath a cushion plump: It is the moss that wholly hides 520 The rotted old oak-stump. The human mind has always sought the knowledge of these things, but never attained it.
And some in dreams assurèd were Of the Spirit that plagued us so; Nine fathom deep he had followed us From the land of mist and snow. Although later in the poem Coleridge reveals that a specific spirit is responsible for their demise, it seems as though the spiritual world as a whole is punishing the men, using the natural world as its weapon: the wind refuses to blow, the ocean churns with dreadful creatures, and the sun's relentless heat chars the men. But soon there breathed a wind on me, Nor sound nor motion made: Its path was not upon the sea, In ripple or in shade. What is the ocean doing? It seemeth him but the skeleton of a ship. Influenced by Plato's Republic, they constructed a vision of pantisocracy equal government by all , which involved emigrating to the New World with ten other families to set up a commune on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. This body dropt not down.
Some of the sailors dreamed that a spirit, nine fathoms deep, followed them beneath the ship from the land of mist and snow. Swiftly, swiftly flew the ship, Yet she sailed softly too: 460 Sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze -- On me alone it blew. The ice did split with a thunder-fit; The helmsman steered us through! And thou art long, and lank, and brown, As is the ribbed sea-sand. GradeSaver, 24 June 2006 Web. The main character, believing his wife unfaithful, kills her and is sentenced to death.
In literature, rain has many symbolic meanings, such as cleansing and renewal. Almost upon the western wave Rested the broad, bright Sun; When that strange shape drove suddenly Betwixt us and the Sun. I saw a thirdI heard his voice: It is the Hermit good! Even before the ghost ship comes near enough for the Ancient Mariner to see its crew, it seems to imprison the very sun with its masts. And soon I heard a roaring wind: It did not come anear; But with its sound it shook the sails, That were so thin and sere. Stunned by that loud and dreadful sound, 550 Which sky and ocean smote, Like one that hath been seven days drowned My body lay afloat; But swift as dreams, myself I found Within the Pilot's boat.
Meanwhile I do not deny that it is helpful sometimes to contemplate in the mind, as on a tablet, the image of a greater and better world, lest the intellect, habituated to the petty things of daily life, narrow itself and sink wholly into trivial thoughts. And envieth that they should live, and so many lie dead. I cried she tacks no more! And through the drifts the snowy clifts Did send a dismal sheen: Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken-- The ice was all between. I pass, like night, from land to land; I have strange power of speech; That moment that his face I see, I know the man that must hear me: To him my tale I teach. It ate the food it ne'er had eat, And round and round it flew.
This body dropped not down. The human mind has always sought the knowledge of these things, but never attained it. With throats unslaked, with black lips baked, We could nor laugh nor wail; Through utter drought all dumb we stood! And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony. As it moved closer, the sailors realized it was a ship, but no one could cry out because their throats were dry and their lips badly sunburned. And they all dead did lie: And a thousand thousand slimy things Lived on; and so did I. Over the next two decades Coleridge lectured on literature and philosophy, wrote about religious and political theory, spent two years on the island of Malta as a secretary to the governor in an effort to overcome his poor health and his opium addiction, and lived off of financial donations and grants.