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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel TaylorColeridge Part 1 a old man stops one man out of three thatwere walking down the street to go to a wedding the man isa relation of the married the man tries to get away but theold man grabs the man with his skinny hand the man is heldthere by the glitter of the old man’s eye the man is listeningintently “Like a three years’ child” the old man has the man’sattention the wedding guest sat down on a stone the marinerwent on with his story the boat was anchored by a kirkKIRK- church EFTSOONS – unhand me ship was sailingsouth because sun came up on the left side of the boat theysailed closer to the equator every day because the sun cameoverhead MINSTRIL – musicians the bride has started towalk down the isle and the music is playing the old mancarries on there was a storm at the equator the storm drovethem to the south pole the storm was very strong they wentthrough mist and then it started to snow it became very coldthey went by very large chunks of ice floating through thewater (icebergs) there was nothing but ice and snow andthere was no animals, just ice an albatross flew over after afew days the men were happy to see it because they neededhope the men fed it the ice broke in front of the boat andthen they sailed through the ice to safety a good south windhelped them sail north the bird followed them KEN – knowsomething NE’ER – never VESPERS -days the bird stayedwith them for nine days the ancient mariner shot thealbatross with his cross bow HOLLOW – called albatrossPART II burst of sea – ship wake there was no more birdfollowing the boat (the felt alone again) they ran out of foodthe people on the boat cursed at the mariner for killing theiromen of good luck the wind had stopped Gods own head -sun averred – swear, agree to they thought that the bird hadbrought the fog because the fog had cleared after the birddied the breeze stopped and the boat stopped the sky wasclear and it was very hot they were at the equator becausethe sun at noon was above the mast they stayed there for afew days without wind it was like they were a painting”Water, water, everywhere,” they could not see anythingexcept the water “Nor any drop to drink.

” there was nomore water to drink the water was churning a spirit hadfollowed them from 9 fathom deep-6 feet deep under theboat no one could talk because their tongues had swollen,because of the drought the people tied the albatross aroundthe neck of the mariner PART III after quite a while themariner saw something in the distance tack and veer – takeadvantage of a side wind the mariner bit his arm and drankblood to tell that there was a boat coming there was no windor tide but the boat still moved there are two people on theboat the man is the grim reaper the woman is life in death theship was only a skeleton of a ship the two played dice forthe crew life in death won there was no sunset but from lightto sudden dark each of the men on the boat died and cursedthe mariner with open eyes 200 men died one by one in asudden thump the mariner watches the men’s souls leavetheir bodies they all went by the mariner like arrows from hiscrossbow PART IV the wedding guest is afraid that themariner is a spirit and becomes scared the mariner tells himthat he was the only one to survive the mariner was all aloneon the ship “a thousand thousand slimy things” maggots thatare eating the bodies the mariner really feels alone when hecannot pray the flesh fell from the bones “cold sweat meltedfrom their limbs,” they did not rot or smell bad they stillstared at him the mariner lived for seven days and nightsafter the men died and he could still not die the things on topof the water made the mariner feel like he was no longeralone “O happy living things!” the mariner blessed the livingthings at that same moment the mariner could pray becausehe felt that someone was listening to him the albatross fell offhis neck and sunk into the sea PART V the mariner couldfinally sleep he thinks that Mary sent him sleep from theheavens he had a dream that dew was coming down itstarted to rain in buckets he drank more than he thought hecould and he still continued to drink the wind started to roarthe wind did not come very close but close enough to shakethe sails and make the boat move he could see the moon atthe edge of the cloud that gave him wind and rain lightningfell straight down the dead men gave a groan the dead roseand started to walk on the deck the helmsman steered andthe rest worked the ropes the body of his brother’s sonstood by the mariner the mariner wanted to help him with therope but the boy would not let him the wedding guest isscared of the mariner again This was a way to forgive themariner for killing the bird the men died later in the morningaround the mast birds filled the air and were singing the spiritmade the ship move the sound of the sails were “pleasant”there was no wind but the boat kept on moving the windstopped moving at noon and the boat also stopped the boatmoved back and forth in the water the boat moved quicklyand then the blood went into his head and the mariner wasknocked out he doesn’t know how long he was there but hewoke up hearing two voices the one man loved both thealbatross and the man who shot the bird they agree that themariner has paid his penance but he should continue to doso. PART VI all of the men were looking at the marinerwhen he woke up the mariner could not pray again but thenthe curse finally broke the ship flew through the air and wentvery fast it flew him back to his own country if it is a dreamhe wants the dream to last forever the wind chaser wassteady upon the kirk a man of all light stood upon everycorpse all of them waved to the mariner he was happy thatthey all forgave him before they went to heaven the piolotand his son came in a boat to see the men in the mariner’sboat the hermit also came and the mariner believed that thesins would be washed away PART VII the hermit likes totalk with mariners the men in the small boat do not knowwhere the ship came from the men notice the bad shape ofthe boat and its sails the hermit was afraid of the boat butinsisted on moving on the mariners ship suddenly sank whenthe rowboat came upon the mariners ship the pilot saved themariner. the mariner was knocked out by the crash of theboat and he was lying in the water the rowboat was spinningin the whirl that was caused by the sinking ship the marinerspoke and the pilot was amazed and he “fell down in a fit”the hermit then prayed the pilot’s boy took a fit the boythought that the mariner was the devil the hermit had a hardtime standing when they got back to land the mariner musttravel to different lands for the rest of his life and tell thestory he can speak any language just as long as someone willlisten the wedding was over and everyone came out of thechurch the bridesmaids are singing mariner tells weddingguest that he must love man and all animals the mariner isgone and the wedding guest is stunned when he walkstoward the church but he is wiser man but he is sad for themariner

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