The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Overview

Samuel Taylor Coleridge [RL 10 IL 10-12] A sailor kills a good-luck omen—an albatross. Theme: consequences of disrespect for life. 52 pages. Tale Blazers.

In this illustrated edition of the classic poem, a sailor recounts the terrible fate that befell his ship when he shot down an albatross.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"It is an ancient Mariner, and he stoppeth one of thee...." Although these ominous lines perennially instill fear of final exams and term papers in the minds of high school students and Romantic English majors, they're not often remembered by adults. Mason's reading of Coleridge's 1796 epic poem is at once hypnotic and stirring. The Academy Award-nominated actor reads the chilling tale involving clashes with sea monsters, a boat swarming with zombies and a dice game with Death in an authoritative English accent. Like the ocean surrounding the Mariner's ship, his voice ebbs and flows with the imaginative poem's various heights. He quickly rattles off, "water, water, every where, and all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink" but gently whispers "And I had done an hellish thing, and it would work `em woe: For all averred, I had killed the bird that made the breeze to blow." Coleridge (1772-1834), uses words to make the fantastical believable, and here, Mason brings those words vividly to life. A bonus track features Mason's animated reading of The Hunting of the Snark, an eight-canto poem by Lewis Carroll. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Caldecott award winning artist Ed Young has provided his own interpretation of this poem of the sea that has been deemed one of the greatest. His pencil and pastel artwork evoke the somberness of a tale that can be appreciated by both the very young who enjoy the cadence of the rhyme and older children for its mystery.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-- One of the classic poems of the romantic period of English literature has been illustrated with charcoal drawings and full-color, full-page pastel seascapes by Young. Coleridge's masterpiece has much to recommend it to a modern audience because of its central theme of the importance of ``all things both great and small;'' also, the mysterious supernatural events, the skeleton ship, and the zombie crew are occult touches that will appeal to many young readers. However, Coleridge's 18th-century rhymes and references make difficult reading and, although the marginal asides are helpful, much of the religious structure of the poem and many of the archaic words remain obscure. Although they may admire Young's dramatic pictures and will certainly enjoy the rich format of the book, few 20th-century readers will persevere unaided through all seven parts of this work of penitence. Its primary audience is adults who wish to preserve and use a recognized piece of English literature by reading it aloud to a new generation of young people. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Booknews
Intended as a college-level introduction to the poem, this volume presents the 1798 and 1817 versions side by side, followed by five different critical approaches of the poem (reader-response, Marxist, New Historical, psychoanalytic, and deconstructivist) with discussion of each theoretical treatment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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A world of fantasy that nevertheless reflects the human condition emerges from Samuel Coleridge's famous tale of a doomed sea voyage. This beautiful facsimile of the 1876 edition includes Gustave Dor‚'s original surrealistic black-&-white illustrations, which perfectly match Coleridge's eerie, haunting imagery. 10 1/2" x 14 3/4".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895986726
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 51
  • Sales rank: 1,427,825
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

French illustrator Gustave Doré (1833-83) began his prolific career at the age of 15, and his dramatic engravings have exercised an incalculable influence over latter-day artists. The remarkable scope of his work ranges from Milton, Dante, and the Bible to Rabelais, Shakespeare, and street scenes of 19th-century London.

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Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
Pt. 1 "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner": The 1798 and 1817 Texts
Biographical and Historical Contexts 3
The 1798 and 1817 Texts 25
Pt. 2 "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner": A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 79
Reader-Response Criticism and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 97
Coleridge and the Deluded Reader: "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 113
Marxist Criticism and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 131
How Marxism Reads "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 148
The New Historicism and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 168
Sameness or Difference? Historicist Readings of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 187
Psychoanalytic Criticism and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 220
An I for an Eye: "Spectral Persecution" in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 238
Deconstruction and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 261
Voice and Ventriloquy in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 282
Combining Critical Perspectives on the "Rime" 315
Wordsworth in the "Rime" 319
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms 343
About the Contributors 356
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Free google nonsense

    This digitized copy is a real let-down. Why even waste time creating this. The geniuses at google took something that reflected what some would call an elequent use of the english language and made pure rubbish from it. Great job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Favourite poem

    This is my favourite poem ever. Ill try not to sound too English majory, but i really koved Coleridge's vivid usage of imagery. I also loved the divinity of nature intertwining with the divinity of Christ through the metaphor of the Albatross. Grest poem. It will always be my favourite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    I rethought the olden day sailors

    The illustrations are amazing and poetry also

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    would never read again

    I cannot believe some teachers still require reading this. I have alway thought of my time reading it was pure torture.

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