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About Debra Doyle. Debra Doyle. Macdonald Debra Doyle has a doctorate in English literature. They live in Colebrook, New Hampshire. Books by Debra Doyle. For seven days and seven nights the Mariner endured the sight, and yet he was unable to die. The meter is also somewhat loose, but odd lines are generally tetrameter, while even lines are generally trimeter.
There are exceptions: In a five-line stanza, for instance, lines one, three, and four are likely to have four accented syllables—tetrameter—while lines two and five have three accented syllables. Its peculiarities make it quite atypical of its era; it has little in common with other Romantic works. Study Questions Bibliography. By Elodie. By Maura Barry-Garland. By Janet Manley. On board are Death a skeleton and the "Night-mare Life-in-Death", a deathly-pale woman, who are playing dice for the souls of the crew.
With a roll of the dice, Death wins the lives of the crew members and Life-in-Death the life of the mariner, a prize she considers more valuable. Her name is a clue to the mariner's fate: he will endure a fate worse than death as punishment for his killing of the albatross. One by one, all of the crew members die, but the mariner lives on, seeing for seven days and nights the curse in the eyes of the crew's corpses, whose last expressions remain upon their faces.
Eventually, this stage of the mariner's curse is lifted after he appreciates the sea creatures swimming in the water. Despite his cursing them as "slimy things" earlier in the poem, he suddenly sees their true beauty and blesses them "a spring of love gush'd from my heart, and I bless'd them unaware" ; suddenly, as he manages to pray, the albatross falls from his neck and his guilt is partially expiated. The bodies of the crew, possessed by good spirits, rise again and help steer the ship.
In a trance, the mariner hears two spirits discussing his voyage and penance, and learns that the ship is being powered supernaturally:. Finally the mariner comes in sight of his homeland, but is initially uncertain as to whether or not he is hallucinating. Dream of joy! Is this indeed The light-house top I see?
Is this the hill? Is this the kirk? Is this mine own countree? We drifted o'er the harbour-bar, And I with sobs did pray— O let me be awake, my God!
Or let me sleep alway. The rotten remains of the ship sink in a whirlpool, leaving only the mariner behind.
A hermit on the mainland had seen the approaching ship and had come to meet it with a pilot and his boy, in a boat. When they pull him from the water, they think he is dead, but when he opens his mouth, the pilot has a fit. The hermit prays, and the mariner picks up the oars to row.
The pilot's boy goes crazy and laughs, thinking the mariner is the devil, and cries, "The Devil knows how to row". As penance for shooting the albatross, the mariner, driven by guilt, is forced to wander the earth, telling his story over and over, and teaching a lesson to those he meets:.
He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all. After relaying the story, the mariner leaves, and the wedding guest returns home, and wakes the next morning "a sadder and a wiser man". The poem received mixed reviews from critics, and Coleridge was once told by the publisher that most of the book's sales were to sailors who thought it was a naval songbook. Coleridge made several modifications to the poem over the years. In the second edition of Lyrical Ballads , published in , he replaced many of the archaic words.
Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung. The poem may have been inspired by James Cook 's second voyage of exploration — of the South Seas and the Pacific Ocean; Coleridge's tutor, William Wales , was the astronomer on Cook's flagship and had a strong relationship with Cook. On this second voyage Cook crossed three times into the Antarctic Circle to determine whether the fabled great southern continent existed.
According to William Wordsworth , the poem was inspired while Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Wordsworth's sister Dorothy were on a walking tour through the Quantock Hills in Somerset.
In the book, a melancholy sailor, Simon Hatley , shoots a black albatross :. We all observed, that we had not the sight of one fish of any kind, since we were come to the Southward of the streights of le Mair , nor one sea-bird, except a disconsolate black Albatross, who accompanied us for several days He, after some fruitless attempts, at length, shot the Albatross, not doubting we should have a fair wind after it. As they discussed Shelvocke's book, Wordsworth proffers the following developmental critique to Coleridge, which importantly contains a reference to tutelary spirits : "Suppose you represent him as having killed one of these birds on entering the south sea, and the tutelary spirits of these regions take upon them to avenge the crime.
Bernard Martin argues in The Ancient Mariner and the Authentic Narrative that Coleridge was also influenced by the life of Anglican clergyman John Newton , who had a near-death experience aboard a slave ship. The poem may also have been inspired by the legends of the Wandering Jew , who was forced to wander the earth until Judgement Day for a terrible crime, found in Charles Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer , M. It is argued that the harbour at Watchet in Somerset was the primary inspiration for the poem, although some time before, John Cruikshank, a local acquaintance of Coleridge's, had related a dream about a skeleton ship manned by spectral sailors.
Herriot of Penicuik , Scotland, was unveiled at Watchet harbour.
The thought suggested itself to which of us I do not recollect that a series of poems might be composed of two sorts. In the one, incidents and agents were to be, in part at least, supernatural, and the excellence aimed at was to consist in the interesting of the affections by the dramatic truth of such emotions, as would naturally accompany such situations, supposing them real. 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.
For the second class, subjects were to be chosen from ordinary life In this idea originated the plan of the 'Lyrical Ballads'; in which it was agreed, that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least Romantic; yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.
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