The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
`By thy long beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me ?

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Click to read full poem

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One of my favourite poems
A magnificent poem and reminder of schooldays more than 70 years ago. I could se a ballet being made of this, if it has not already been done.
This is a magnificent poem, however I prefer the 1798 version, without the glosses. I find those disruptive of the mood, and as welcome as a comic explaining his joke before he delivers the punchline.
I had a part of this when I was in 10th class. Since then it has been one of favourite poems. [3
Here the poem makes wonderful feeling to its readers and every episode narrated in the poem seems to be very real episodes that had happened to the Mariner. In spite of the challenges and difficult experiences prayer makes them so powerful and and spirited always. Every sentence is having realism and perfection and enjoyable to the reader in its own spirit and life events. Here I know the water water everywhere........lines is the most favored lines in world readers and relevance to the world almost all time. A great achievement and poem from the great poet.
Long poem, with full string. Good work
Amazing, this is my favorite poem.
Amazing, this is my favorite poem.
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 moral of the poem lies in this stanza.
arrogance and pride, even the slight and careless thought that we might be better then other animals or people, gets taught a hard hard lesson in humility through suffering. Told as a nightmare dream, endless and terrible, and even repeating itself unpredictably throughout the future, the mariner is taught that only love, for all life and creation, will suffice. 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 too it makes one hell of an impression and can be gone back to over a life time for inspiration and understanding. Very very fine
This is a very interesting poem
Our English language owes the trite phrase 'an albatross around one's neck' to this poem, a grand legacy. 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? '
This poem is just incredible. I first read it at school in year 8 - it was the first long poem I ever read, and I fell in love.