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1.02 A Sailor’s Disillusionment: “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

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Jacob Benvenutty

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Transcript of 1.02 A Sailor’s Disillusionment: “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

1.02 A Sailor’s Disillusionment: “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”
5. "The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May'st hear the merry din."
Summary: The wedding feast is ready, and the guests have arrived.
44. "And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald."
Summary: While the stanza is talking about snow, I couldn't help but think about the northern lights above a ship when it says "As green as emerald."
"About, about, in reel and rout
The death-fires danced at night;
The water, like a witch's oils,
Burnt green, and blue and white."
Summary: The scene is definitely eery and this picture matches the description perfectly.
"With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,
We could not laugh nor wail;
Through utter drought all dumb we stood!
I bit my arm, I sucked the blood,
And cried, A sail! a sail!"
Summary: The crew was starving, dehydrated, and overall exhausted. In other words just about dead.
Alone, alone, all, all alone,
Alone on a wide wide sea!
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony.
Summary: He feels all alone at sea and he feels that no one, not even a spirit has shown him mercy in his agony.
"Her lips were red, her looks were free,
Her locks were yellow as gold:
Her skin was as white as leprosy,
The Night-Mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold."
Summary: He saw a woman that was both beautiful and sinister at the same time. There was definitely something dark about her.
56. "At length did cross an Albatross:
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name."
Summary: An Albatross had crossed the ships path, and they praised it in God's name.
"Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean."
Summary: The ship stood so still it was as if it was painted.
25. "The Sun came up upon the left,
Out of the sea came he!
And he shone bright, and on the right
Went down into the sea."
Summary: This stanza depicts the sunrise and sunset.
"Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung."
Summary: Since in the old days an Albatross following a ship was considered good luck, when the mariner shot the bird it gave the crew "bad luck." This quote shows that when people look at him "young and old", they see him as the albatross killer. The mariner feels a metaphorical Albatross hung around his neck because of this.
The first number before every quote represents the stanza the quote can be found in the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and not the question number.
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