All stood together on the deck, For a charnel-dungeon fitter: All fixed on me their stony eyes, That in the moon did glitter. This is because the Mariner has hypnotized him, and now the guest has no option but to hear the story of bright-eyed Mariner Ancient Mariner. The young Wedding-Guest angrily demands that the Mariner let go of him, and the Mariner obeys. 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. They spoke only to break the silence they were surrounded by in the sea. He desires and tries to yell out loudly, but his mouth is too dry to yell. And is that woman all her crew? I woke, and we were sailing on As in a gentle weather: 'Twas night, calm night, the Moon was high; The dead men stood together.
The pang, the curse, with which they died, Had never passed away: I could not draw my eyes from theirs, Nor turn them up to pray. He'll shrieve my soul, he'll wash away The Albatross's blood. The body of my brother's son Stood by me, knee to knee: The body and I pulled at one rope, But he said nought to me. Till noon we silently sailed on, Yet never a breeze did breathe: Slowly and smoothly went the ship, Moved onward from beneath. In these lines, the Mariner says that the ship was bent forward by the force of the wind. Beneath the lightning and the moon The dead men gave a groan. Now the curse is finally lifted And the mariner sights his home Spirits go fromhe long dead bodies Form their own light and the mariner's left alone.
Every day at midday, the sun would be right above the mast of the ship blazing in all its splendor. A man all light, a seraph-man, On every corse there stood. Now this comes out be an exaggeration because it is quite hard for things to start rotting in salty water. Till a great sea-bird, called the Albatross, came through the snow-fog, and was received with great joy and hospitality. Piercing through this fog, the moonbeams could be seen shining dimly.
And the ship sails on, back to the North Through the fog and ice and the albatross follows on. Around, around, flew each sweet sound, Then darted to the Sun ; Slowly the sounds came back again, Now mixed, now one by one. It seemeth him but the skeleton of a ship. The Mariner loathed the sun and the unnervingly hot weather. The Mariner says that a strong sea storm rose. The Polar Spirit's fellow-demons, 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. A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! The sailors, superstitious as they are, blame the mariner for this change as they think he killed the bird who brought the wind.
An orphan's curse would drag to hell A spirit from on high; But oh! Wrapping up, the Mariner tells the Wedding Guest that he needs to learn how to say his prayers and love other people and things. Almost upon the western wave Rested the broad bright Sun ; When that strange shape drove suddenly Betwixt us and the Sun. The use of simile in the first line of this stanza is that the round sun looks like the head of God. Very Christian, but perhaps a little pantheistic too with its inclusion of all life, it is one of the truly great poems of English Literature. And straight the sun was flecked with bars, Heaven's mother send us grace! Lets hope it's easier to get than the mount, I am not sure if I can live long enough to get either one of them if the drop rates are the same? The Ancient Mariner's shooting of the Albatross can be compared to several Judeo-Christian stories of betrayal, including the original sin of Adam and Eve, and Cain's betrayal of Abel.
I look'd to heaven, and tried to pray; But or ever a prayer had gusht, A wicked whisper came, and made My heart as dry as dust. The ship was stuck in the motionless sea for a very long time. But one day, gazing westward, the Mariner saw a tiny speck on the horizon. 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. When he returned to England in 1800, he settled with family and friends at Keswick. They are very numerous, and there is no climate or element without one or more.
Till a great sea-bird, called the Albatross, came through the snow-fog, and was received with great joy and hospitality. I saw a third--I heard his voice : It is the Hermit good! He went like one that hath been stunn'd, And is of sense forlorn: A sadder and a wiser man He rose the morrow morn. Higher and higher every day, Till over the mast at noon' The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast, For he heard the loud bassoon. That ever this should be! Coleridge and Southey envisioned the men sharing the workload, a great library, philosophical discussions, and freedom of religious and political beliefs. No more double pirate though. Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide, wide sea! The ship remained stuck at one place day after day.
Or we shall be belated : For slow and slow that ship will go, When the Mariner's trance is abated. They groan'd, they stirr'd, they all uprose, Nor spake, nor moved their eyes; It had been strange, even in a dream, To have seen those dead men rise. And a good south wind sprung up behind ; The Albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariner's hollo! Day after day the mariner and the crew men would face the blistering heat while the ship stayed in the sea motionless. I moved, and could not feel my limbs: I was so lightalmost I thought that I had died in sleep, And was a blesséd ghost. . The very deeps did rot: O Christ! Then, crew one by one They drop down dead, two hundred men She, she, Life in Death. And, our favorite: Why on earth did the Mariner shoot the albatross!? My lips were wet, my throat was cold, My garments all were dank; Sure I had drunken in my dreams, And still my body drank.
As marriage was an integral part of the plan for communal living in the New World, Coleridge decided to marry another Fricker daughter, Sarah. It is also interesting to compapre the fear in the English cadence of 'Water, water everywhere nor any dropp to drink' with the same in Snowwhite: 'Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is fairest of them all? Beneath the lightning and the Moon The dead men gave a groan. They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose, Nor spake, nor moved their eyes; It had been strange, even in a dream, To have seen those dead men rise. An Albatross breaks the pristine lifelessness of the Antarctic. In the fifth stanza, the hypnotized Wedding-guest sits on a stone, and is left with no option but to hear the Mariner who has hypnotized him with his glittering eyes.