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The Ancient Mariner
     

The Ancient Mariner

by David Jones, Thomas Dilworth (Editor)
 

The artist and poet David Jones (1895-1974) considered "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" to be "one of the great achievements of English poetry, and not only great but unique." In 1929 Jones made ten copper engravings for a limited edition of Coleridge's poem, which was immediately acclaimed as the best illustrated version of the poem and

Overview


The artist and poet David Jones (1895-1974) considered "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" to be "one of the great achievements of English poetry, and not only great but unique." In 1929 Jones made ten copper engravings for a limited edition of Coleridge's poem, which was immediately acclaimed as the best illustrated version of the poem and "among the most perfect partnerships between author and illustrator in modern times." This new edition – the first in an accessible and affordable format – is prefaced by Jones's engrossing and beautifully written Introduction. Also included is an afterword by Thomas Dilworth, with twenty-eight illustrations, discussing the biographical context of the engravings, interpreting them, and illuminating an aspect of the form of the poem which may have influenced the engravings. Individually, the engravings are symbolically powerful and aesthetically compelling. Cumulatively, they achieve an overall unifying structure unparalleled in the history of art.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904634140
Publisher:
Enitharmon Press
Publication date:
05/24/2006
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


David Jones (1895-1974) was born in Kent to an English mother and Welsh father. He is equally renowned as a poet and an artist. His first poem was In Parenthesis (1937), an epic based on his experience in the first world war trenches. He then wrote The Anathemata (1952), a symbolic anatomy of western culture, which W.H. Auden regarded as the best long poem in English of the twentieth century. After its publication T.S. Eliot – who had called In Parenthesis "a work of genius" – included Jones in the exclusive company of great literary modernists consisting of himself, Pound and Joyce.

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