The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

- By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (/ˈkoʊlərɪdʒ/;[1] 21 October 1772 – 25 July 1834) was an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He also shared volumes and collaborated with Charles Lamb, Robert Southey, and Charles Lloyd. He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on William Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking culture. Coleridge coined many familiar words and phrases, including "suspension of disbelief".[2] He had a major influence on Ralph Waldo Emerson and American transcendentalism. Throughout his adult life Coleridge had crippling bouts of anxiety and depression; it has been speculated that he had bipolar disorder, which had not been defined during his lifetime.[3] He was physically unhealthy, which may have stemmed from a bout of rheumatic fever and other childhood illnesses. He was treated for these conditions with laudanum, which fostered a lifelong opium addiction.
PART I
It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
"By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?


The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May'st hear the merry din.


He holds him with his skinny hand,
"There was a ship," quoth he.
"Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"
Eftsoons his hand dropt he.


He holds him with his glittering eye-
The Wedding-Guest stood still,
And listens like a three years child:
The Mariner hath his will.


The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone:
He cannot chuse but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.


The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared,
Merrily did we drop
Below the kirk, below the hill,
Below the light-house top.


The Sun came up upon the left,
Out of the sea came he!
And he shone bright, and on the right
Went down into the sea.


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 bride hath paced into the hall,
Red as a rose is she;
Nodding their heads before her goes
The merry minstrelsy.


The Wedding-Guest he beat his breast,
Yet he cannot chuse but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed Mariner.


And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
And chased south along.


With sloping masts and dipping prow,
As who pursued with yell and blow
Still treads the shadow of his foe
And forward bends his head,
The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
And southward aye we fled.


And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.


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.


The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound!


At length did cross an Albatross:
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.


It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through!


And a good south wind sprung up behind;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariners' hollo!


In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white Moon-shine.


"God save thee, ancient Mariner!
From the fiends, that plague thee thus!-
Why look'st thou so?"-With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS.

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Word Lists:

Bassoon : a bass instrument of the oboe family with a double reed.

Tyrannous : (of a government or ruler) exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way

Prow : the portion of a ship's bow above water.

Sheen : a soft luster on a surface

Emerald : a bright green precious stone consisting of a chromium-rich variety of beryl

Din : a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise

Glitter : shine with a bright, shimmering reflected light

Shroud : a length of cloth or an enveloping garment in which a dead person is wrapped for burial

Fiend : an evil spirit or demon.

Wondrous : inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvelous

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Additional Information:

Rating: B

Words: 503

Unique Words : 258

Sentences : 30

Reading Time : 2:14

Noun : 138

Conjunction : 56

Adverb : 25

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 45

Pronoun : 53

Verb : 83

Preposition : 44

Letter Count : 2,043

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral (Slightly Conversational)

Difficult Words : 111

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