Instead of the cross, the albatross About my neck was hung. The pang, the curse, with which they died, Had never passed away: I could not draw my eyes from theirs, Nor turn them up to pray. Sometimes a-dropping from the sky I heard the sky-lark sing; Sometimes all little birds that are, How they seemed to fill the sea and air With their sweet jargoning! Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse, And yet I could not die. Almost twenty years later Coleridge, in his Biographia Literaria chap. When he awoke, it was raining, and an awesome thunderstorm began.
Coleridge uses various poetic devices in his lyric ballad. It suffers terrible isolation in a lonely world. The ice did split with a thunder-fit; The helmsman steered us through! The angelic spirits leave the dead bodies, And the bay was white with silent light Till rising from the same, Full many shapes, that shadows were, In crimson colours came. The sails at noon left off their tune, And the ship stood still also. The helmsman steered, the ship moved on; Yet never a breeze up-blew; The mariners all 'gan work the ropes, Where they were wont to do; They raised their limbs like lifeless tools-- We were a ghastly crew. The other sailors alternately blamed the Ancient Mariner for making the wind die and praised him for making the strange mist disappear. The wedding-guests are there: But in the garden-bower the bride And bride-maids singing are: And hark the little vesper bell, Which biddeth me to prayer! Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water snakes: They moved in tracks of shining white, And when they reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes.
I moved, and could not feel my limbs: I was so light--almost I thought that I had died in sleep, And was a blessed ghost. As if through a dungeon-grate he peered, With broad and burning face. It is also a symbol of the burden of sin, and Coleridge is deliberately drawing a comparison between the Albatross and the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. The day was sunny and clear, and all were in good cheer until the ship reached the equator. A tremendous storm then blows the ship even further to the South Pole, where the crew are awed as they encounter mist, snow, cold, and giant glaciers.
The wedding-guest sat on a stone: He cannot choose but hear; And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed mariner. They were merrily sailing along the ebb tide. It ceased; yet still the sails made on A pleasant noise till noon, A noise like of a hidden brook In the leafy month of June, That to the sleeping woods all night Singeth a quiet tune. By attributing human qualities to non-human elements, Coleridge gives them active roles in the story that help convey a variety of stronger impressions supernatural, dangerous, serene depending on the mood in different parts of the poem. 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! The sailors went dumb from their thirst and sunburned lips. And on the bay the moonlight lay, And the shadow of the moon. They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose, Nor spake, nor moved their eyes; It had been strange, even in a dream, To have seen those dead men rise.
Please note that the tricks or techniques listed in this pdf are either fictional or claimed to work by its creator. The guilty soul is cut off not nearly from human interaction but from the consoling friendship of Nature. Even if you wish to have an overview of a chapter, quick revision notes are here to do if for you. There is sudden change of action besides music and rhythm. I closed my lids, and kept them close, And the balls like pulses beat; For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky Lay like a load on my weary eye, And the dead were at my feet.
The first edition of this novel was published in 1798, and was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. And on the bay the moonlight lay, And the shadow of the moon. The rock shone bright, the kirk no less, That stands above the rock: The moonlight steeped in silentness The steady weathercock. Icebergs as high as the mast of the ship were floating here and there in the sea, and the greenish reflection of the sea makes the icebergs look like emerald. The ship does not move and the sailors are tormenting by thirst while the only moving things around the Mariner are the slimy creatures on the sea and the death fire which dances at night. The bird had never had such food earlier, and it was hovering the ship because there was food there.
Still addicted to opium, he moved in with the physician James Gillman in 1816. And now this spell was snapt: once more I viewed the ocean green. Their souls did from their bodies fly-- They fled to bliss or woe! Financial problems continued to plague him throughout his life, and he constantly depended on the support of others. With throats unslaked, with black lips baked, Agape they heard me call: Gramercy! All stood together on the deck, For a charnel-dungeon fitter: All fixed on me their stony eyes, That in the moon did glitter. They said he would continue to be punished for killing the Albatross, who was loved by a spirit. Instead, angels fill their bodies, and another supernatural spirit under the ocean seems to push the boat.
But soon there breathed a wind on me, Nor sound nor motion made: Its path was not upon the sea, In ripple or in shade. Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung. A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist! The Mariner stops the young man to tell him the story of a ship, providing no introduction but simply beginning his tale. From the fiends, that plague thee thus! 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. After sometime time they had to drop the sail and there was deathly silence all around.