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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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by Gustave Doré, S.T. Coleridge, Gustave Dore

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Doré's engravings for The Rime are considered by many to be his greatest work. The full text is augmented by 38 plates of open seas, whirlpools, sea monsters, the ice of Antarctica, and more.


Doré's engravings for The Rime are considered by many to be his greatest work. The full text is augmented by 38 plates of open seas, whirlpools, sea monsters, the ice of Antarctica, and more.

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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
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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Dover Publications
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Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
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Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
11 - 18 Years

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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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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
surprisingly, i didn't read this poem for school,albeit, i have started to incorporate it into my school work. Trust me, anyone with a soul will enjoy the rime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Mariner freely kills one of God’s innocent creatures (an albatross). Guilt, punishment and redemption soon follow him and his crew. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner brings many metaphoric messages about treatment of life and is the origin of the symbol of the albatross being one of heavy guilt and an obstacle to success. As the mariner’s ship sails through stormy and fog filled seas, an albatross arrives as a “bird of good omen” to follow the ship and is thought to bring on good luck. The mariner though, decides to kill the bird and the crew cries out against what he has done. Later, as the fog clears and all appears to be calm again, the crew forgives him and makes themselves accomplices of the killing. The ship then sails on toward the north and halts in calm seas, and there it brings a draught that leaves the mariner and crew surrounded by water without anything to drink. The draught is soon to be considered a curse for the killing of the albatross, and soon after the crew of 200 men begins to die one by one. They hang the bird around the neck of the mariner to remind him of the curse he has caused. And as they die their eyes remain open, staring at the mariner further bringing guilt and blame. This haunts him and as they travel further toward the South Pole where there are no signs of life the mariner finds he is alone. The mariner is being punished for his sin of killing the albatross and prays for all of God’s creatures. Rain begins to fall signaling a break of the curse that has brought draught and killed the crew. Then, a Hermit sails toward the mariner through calm seas. The Hermit teaches through his own example to love all that God made and frees the mariner of his guilt and relieve him of his sins.
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