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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor

Coleridge Part 1 a old man stops one man out of three that

were walking down the street to go to a wedding the man is

a relation of the married the man tries to get away but the

old man grabs the man with his skinny hand the man is held

there by the glitter of the old man's eye the man is listening

intently "Like a three years' child" the old man has the man's

attention the wedding guest sat down on a stone the mariner

went on with his story the boat was anchored by a kirk

KIRK- church EFTSOONS - unhand me ship was sailing

south because sun came up on the left side of the boat they

sailed closer to the equator every day because the sun came

overhead MINSTRIL - musicians the bride has started to

walk down the isle and the music is playing the old man

carries on there was a storm at the equator the storm drove

them to the south pole the storm was very strong they went

through mist and then it started to snow it became very cold

they went by very large chunks of ice floating through the

water (icebergs) there was nothing but ice and snow and

there was no animals, just ice an albatross flew over after a

few days the men were happy to see it because they needed

hope the men fed it the ice broke in front of the boat and

then they sailed through the ice to safety a good south wind

helped them sail north the bird followed them KEN - know

something NE'ER - never VESPERS -days the bird stayed

with them for nine days the ancient mariner shot the

albatross with his cross bow HOLLOW - called albatross

PART II burst of sea - ship wake there was no more bird

following the boat (the felt alone again) they ran out of food

the people on the boat cursed at the mariner for killing their

omen of good luck the wind had stopped Gods own head -

sun averred - swear, agree to they thought that the bird had

brought the fog because the fog had cleared after the bird

died the breeze stopped and the boat stopped the sky was

clear and it was very hot they were at the equator because

the sun at noon was above the mast they stayed there for a

few days without wind it was like they were a painting

"Water, water, everywhere," they could not see anything

except the water "Nor any drop to drink." there was no

more water to drink the water was churning a spirit had

followed them from 9 fathom deep-6 feet deep under the

boat no one could talk because their tongues had swollen,

because of the drought the people tied the albatross around

the neck of the mariner PART III after quite a while the

mariner saw something in the distance tack and veer - take

advantage of a side wind the mariner bit his arm and drank

blood to tell that there was a boat coming there was no wind

or tide but the boat still moved there are two people on the

boat the man is the grim reaper the woman is life in death the

ship was only a skeleton of a ship the two played dice for

the crew life in death won there was no sunset but from light

to sudden dark each of the men on the boat died and cursed

the mariner with open eyes 200 men died one by one in a

sudden thump the mariner watches the men's souls leave

their bodies they all went by the mariner like arrows from his

crossbow PART IV the wedding guest is afraid that the

mariner is a spirit and becomes scared the mariner tells him

that he was the only one to survive the mariner was all alone

on the ship "a thousand thousand slimy things" maggots that

are eating the bodies the mariner really feels alone when he

cannot pray the flesh fell from the bones "cold sweat melted

from their limbs," they did not rot or smell bad they still

stared at him the mariner lived for seven days and nights

after the men died and he could still not die the things on top

of the water made the mariner feel like he was no longer

alone "O happy living things!" the mariner blessed the living




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