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Region see all. Language see all. Guaranteed Delivery see all. No Preference. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the supernatural events experienced by a mariner on a long sea voyage. The Mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony, and begins to recite his story. The Wedding-Guest's reaction turns from bemusement and impatience to fascination as the Mariner's story progresses. The Mariner's tale begins with his ship descending on their journey; despite initial good fortune, the ship is driven off course by a storm and, driven south, eventually reaching Antarctica.

The crime arouses the wrath of supernatural spirits who then pursue the ship "from the land of mist and snow;" the south wind which had initially led them from the land of ice now sends the ship into uncharted waters, where it is becalmed. Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.

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Here, however, the sailors change their minds again and blame the Mariner for the torment of their thirst. In anger, the crew forces the mariner to wear the dead albatross about his neck, perhaps to illustrate the burden he must suffer from killing it "Ah! Well a-day! Eventually, in an eerie passage, the ship encounters a ghostly vessel. 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 as to the mariner's fate; he will endure a fate worse than death as punishment for his killing of the albatross.

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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, the Mariner's curse is lifted when he sees 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 steer the ship back home, where it sinks 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 the pilot's boy in a boat. This hermit may have been a priest who took a vow of isolation. 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 says "The Devil knows how to row. He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all. 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 his second voyage Cook plunged repeatedly below the Antarctic Circle to determine whether the fabled great southern continent existed.

Some critics believe that the poem may have been inspired by the voyage of Thomas James into the Arctic.

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According to William Wordsworth , the poem was inspired while Coleridge, Wordsworth, and his sister Dorothy were on a walking tour through the Quantock Hills in Somerset in the spring of In the book, a melancholy sailor 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 … , till Hattley, my second Captain observing, in one of his melancholy fits, that this bird was always hovering near us, imagin'd, from his colour, that it might be some ill omen.

As they discussed Shelvocke's book, Wordsworth proffers the following developmental critique to Coleridge, importantly it 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. The poem may also have been inspired by the legend of the Wandering Jew , who was forced to wander the Earth until [[Judgment Day, for taunting Jesus on the day of the Crucifixion.

Having shot the albatross, the Mariner is forced to wear the bird about his neck as a symbol of guilt. It is also thought that Coleridge, a known user of opium, could have been under the drug's effects when he wrote some of the more strange parts of the poem, especially the Voices of The Spirits communicating with each other. 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 , he replaced many of the archaic words. 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….

With this view I wrote the "Ancient Mariner. Mrs Barbauld tole me that the only faults she found with the Ancient Mariner were—that it was improbable and had no moral.