And they all dead did lie: And a thousand thousand slimy things Lived on; and so did I. The extreme hardships of the travel and the supernatural occurrences let the crew to believe that the spirit of the Albatross killed by the Mariner was following the ship and was the reason why misfortune after misfortune befell their lot. One after one, by the star-dodged Moon, too quick for groan or sigh, Each turned his face with a ghastly pang, And cursed me with his eye. I moved my lips--the pilot shrieked And fell down in a fit; The holy hermit raised his eyes, And prayed where he did sit. Three guys are on the way to a wedding celebration when an old sailor the Mariner stops one of them at the door we'll call him the Wedding Guest. A man all light, a seraph man, On every corse there stood.
The Hermit crossed his brow. In a trance, the mariner hears two spirits discussing his voyage and penance, and learns that the ship is being powered supernaturally: Oh! Upon the whirl, where sank the ship, The boat spun round and round; And all was still, save that the hill Was telling of the sound. The Sun's rim dips; the stars rush out: At one stride comes the dark; With far-heard whisper, o'er the sea. Suddenly, the sounds of the wedding interrupt the Ancient Mariner's story. 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.
Instantly the dead Albatross fell off his neck, of itself and, like lead, sank into the sea. I saw a third—I heard his voice: It is the Hermit good! He went like one that hath been stunned, And is of sense forlorn: A sadder and a wiser man He rose the morrow morn. And thou art long, and lank, and brown, As is the ribbed sea-sand. Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung. The day was well nigh done! And a good south wind sprung up behind; The Albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariners' hollo! Their luminous lights appeared to be dancing and wheeling around the ship. This agony continues for seven days when under the light of the moon the Mariner observes a Hermit and asks him to listen to his confessional story. With this view I wrote the 'Ancient Mariner'.
Archived from on 15 April 2014. The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared, Merrily did we drop Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the light-house top. I took the oars: the Pilot's boy, Who now doth crazy go, Laughed loud and long, and all the while His eyes went to and fro. That ever this should be! An orphan's curse would drag to hell A spirit from on high; But oh! What evil looks Had I from old and young! Stanza 10: The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast, Yet he cannot choose but hear; And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed Mariner. The river Phlegethon is said to punish those who commit crimes of violence, especially murder. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Summary Part I An old sailor the Ancient Mariner detains a guest at a wedding to tell him the story of his strange voyage. While there he mastered the German language and began translating.
Some of his best poetical works include France, an Ode, Kubla Khan, Christabel, Dejection Ode and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. We see their shifting views as they first blame the mariner for killing the bird who made the wind blow, but later they commend him for killing the bird as it brought fog and mist causing them to freeze in the icy wasteland. The wedding-guests are there: But in the garden-bower the bride And bride-maids singing are; And hark the little vesper bell, Which biddeth me to prayer! If something favourable happens, they think it was right, whereas if something adverse happens they begin to lay blame on something or the other. Perhaps he killed him out of superstition, believing either that the bird was responsible for past travails or that by killing it the further journey will be much more suitable. The many men, so beautiful! We see here that both the ship and the Albatross depended on each other, one for food and the other for hope and good luck. The original ballads were anonymous.
Analysis In editions where it is included, the Latin epigraph serves as a semi-thesis for the poem. He continued to publish poetry and prose, notably Sibylline Leaves 1817 , Aids to Reflection 1825 , and Church and State 1830. As he begins to narrate his experiences he is wrenched by a terrible agony which leaves him only when his story is finished. I cried she tacks no more! The stars were dim, and thick the night, The steersman's face by his lamp gleamed white; From the sails the dew did drip— Till clombe above the eastern bar The horned Moon, with one bright star Within the nether tip. Please feel free to view any of the other parts that have been analysed on PoemAnalysis.
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. How loudly his sweet voice he rears! Literary Devices Examples in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: The sailors ultimately blame the Mariner for their bad luck. And so, the mariner continued his tale after the small interruption from the wedding-guest. At first it seemed a little speck, And then it seemed a mist; It moved and moved, and took at last A certain shape, I wist. Stanza 12: 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. And he shone bright, and on the right Went down into the sea.
The pilot faints and the hermit prays. The sinful soul of the ancient Mariner needed a cross to save itself. In the fourteenth stanza we hear the mariner saying that there was no man or beast to be seen in this new and strange landscape. Coleridge uses archaic words and creates the atmosphere of that era. The ship was in the ocean and there was water everywhere to the farthest reaches of the horizon. 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.
And real in this sense they have been to every human being who, from whatever source of delusion, has at any time believed himself under supernatural agency. The Mariner then shares his tragic mistake and great sin without giving any indication of the reason he did it: with his cross-bow, he shot the Albatross. Stunned by that loud and dreadful sound, 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. . The water too looked like it was burning with dismal green, blue, and white colours.
A fair breeze was blowing and there was white foam in the sea and the furrows followed free. One day, the noticed something approaching from the West. And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony. Nor dim nor red, like God's own head, The glorious Sun uprist: Then all averred, I had killed the bird That brought the fog and mist. The sea-water burnt like the oils burnt by the witches emitting multi-coloured lights.