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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Illustrated by Gustave Dore)

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A sailor dooms his ship's crew by murdering an albatross and is lost at sea, alone with the burden of his guilt, until a meeting with divine messengers brings him the opportunity to do penance.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's (1772-1834) haunting parable of sin and absolution, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is widely recognized as one of the greatest narrative poems in the English language and was a defining achievement in the establishment of the ...

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A sailor dooms his ship's crew by murdering an albatross and is lost at sea, alone with the burden of his guilt, until a meeting with divine messengers brings him the opportunity to do penance.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's (1772-1834) haunting parable of sin and absolution, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, is widely recognized as one of the greatest narrative poems in the English language and was a defining achievement in the establishment of the Romantic Movement.

Coleridge's text is presented here alongside the classic illustrations of Gustave Doré (1832-1883), the great French engraver famous for his illustrations of Dante's Inferno, Milton's Paradise Lost, and the Bible. His imaginative and detailed illustrations are a beautiful and evocative visual compliment to this unique masterpiece of English literature.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780615980164
  • Publisher: Hythloday Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Pages: 106
  • Sales rank: 414,581
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    There was a definite parable to this book and a lesson to be learned. You must respect all of gods creatures on this earth.

    Though hard to follow at times it truly conveys messages of horror,doom sadness, shame and eventual deliverance and a new found respect of gods creatures.Man realizes his actions can influence many others fates.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    It's Poetry

    Coleridge is an early Romantic poet and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is easily his most well known work. What makes this slender volume worth owning is the woodcut illustrations of Gustav Dore. They are beautiful works of art on their own and add to the understanding and appreciation of the poem.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    The most amazing poem i have ever read

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2013

    A Mariner freely kills one of God¿s innocent creatures (an albat

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Super

    This has always been one of my all time favorites. I liked everything about this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
    Cheers

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Excellent Classic

    Thought-provoking tale. Reminds me of the sea and some of the men I sailed with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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