The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Key quotes relating to the themes within 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Possible themes within the poem

  • The Natural World: The Physical
  • The Spiritual World: The Metaphysical
  • Liminality: "a place on the edge of a realm or between two realms, whether a forest and a field, or reason and imagination. A liminal space often signifies a liminal state of mind, such as the threshold of the imagination's wonders."
  • Religion: Christianity and Paganism
  • Imprisonment
  • Retribution: "a justly deserved penalty"
  • The act of storytelling
  • Redemption: "the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil"
  • Sin/guilt
  • Supernatural
  • Gothic
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"The Sun came up upon the left

Out of the sea came he!"

"And now the STORM-BLAST came, and

he

Was tyrannous and strong"

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"Now there came both mist and

snow

And it grew wondrous cold

And ice, mast-high, came floating by

As green as emerald"

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"The ice was here, the ice was there

The ice was all around

It cracked and growled, and roared and

howled

Like noises in a swound!" * *

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"The ice did split with a thunder-fit"

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"The sun now rose upon the right

Out of the sea came he"

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"silent sea" * *

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"All in a hot and copper sky

The bloody Sun, at noon"

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"Water, Water, everywhere

And all the boards did shrink

Water, Water, everywhere

Nor any drop to drink"

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"Slimy things did crawl with legs

Upon the slimy sea"

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"The death-fires danced at night

The Water, like a witch's oils

Burnt green, and blue and white"

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"The Sun's rim dips; the stars rush out

At one stride comes the dark"

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"The horned Moon, with one bright star" * * *

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"rotting sea [...] rotting deck"

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"I watched the water-snakes

They moved in tracks of shining white"

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"I watched their [the water snakes] rich attire

Blue, glossy green and velvet black

They coiled and swam; and every track

Was a flash of golden fire"

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"O happy living things! [...]

A spring of love gushed from my heart

And i blessed them unaware"

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"And soon I heard a roaring wind:

It did not come anear"

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"I heard the sky-lark sing

[...] With their sweet jargoning"

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"And now twas like all instruments

Now like a lonely flute"

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"A noise like of a hidden brook

In the leafy month of June"

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"This Hermit good lives in that wood

Which slopes down to the sea"

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"It is the moss that wholly hides

That rotted old oak-stump"

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"He prayeth best, who loveth best

All things both great and small

For the dear God who loveth us

He made and loveth all" * *

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"At length did cross an Albatross

through the fog it came

As if it had been a Christian Soul

We hailed it in God's name" * *

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"With my cross-bow

I shot the ALBATROSS" * *

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"Death-fires danced at night

the water, like a witch's oils

Burnt green, and blue and white"

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"And some in dreams assured were

Of the Spirit that plagued us so"

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"Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths

And from their bodies passed"

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"I heard and in my soul discerned

Two voices in the air"

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"A man all light, a seraph-man

On every corse there stood"

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"This seraph-band, each waved his hand

It was a heavenly sight"

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"And every soul, it passed me by

Like the whizz of my cross bow!"

"I looked to heaven and tried to pray"

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"Seven days, seven nights, I saw that

curse

And yet I could not die" * *

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"The spirit slid: And it was he

That made the ship to go"

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"Is this the man?

By him who died on cross"

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"He'll shrieve my soul, he'll wash away

The Albatross's blood" * *

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"The holy Hermit raised hs eyes

And prayed where he did sit"

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"And straight the Sun was flecked with

bars [...]

As if through a dungeon-grate he peered

With broad and burning face" * * *

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"Her lips were red, her looks were free

Her locks were yellow as gold

Her skin was white as leprosy

The nightmare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she

Who thicks man's blood with cold" * *

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"The Devil knows how to row"

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"He holds him with his skinny hand

'There was a ship,' quoth he" * *

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"Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt / down"

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"Day after day, day after day

We stuck, nor breath nor motion

As idle as a painted ship

Upon a painted ocean"

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"Alone, alone, all, all alone

Alone on a wide wide sea"

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"Like one, that on a lonesome road

Doth walk in fear and dread"

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"I pass, like night, from land to land

I have strange power of speech

That moment that his face I see

I know the man that must hear me

To him my tale I teach" * * *

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"The man hath penane done

And penance more will do"

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"O shrieve me, shrieve me, holy man!"

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"And listens like a three years' child

The Mariner hath his will"

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"I fear thee, Ancient Mariner!

I fear thy skinny hand!"

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"Fear not, fear not, thou Wedding Guest

This body dropt not down"

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"He went like one that hath been stunned

And is of sense forlorn

A sadder and a wiser man

He rose the morrow morn"

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"Instead of the cross, the Albatross

about my neck was hung"

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"Each turned his face with a ghastly pang

and cursed me with his eye"

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"Four times Fifty living men

(and I heard sigh nor groan)

With heavy thump, a lifeless lump

They dropped down one by one"

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"The look with which they looked on me

Had never passed away"

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"The Albatross fell off, and sank

Like lead into the sea"

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"All fixed on me their stony eyes"

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"With throats unslaked, with black lips baked"

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"And those her ribs through which the sun

Did peer as through a grate?

And is that woman all her crew?

Is that a DEATH? and are there two?

Is DEATH that woman's mate?"

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"The steersman's face by his lamp gleamed

white"

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"For a charnel-dungeon fitter"

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