The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Word Count: 1308

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
things at that same moment