One of a set of engraved metal plate
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (original: The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere) is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge written in 1797–1799 and published in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads (1798). England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A poet is a person who writes Poetry. Etymology From the Ancient greek: ποιέω, poieō: "I make or compose" Samuel Taylor Coleridge ( 21 October 1772 &ndash 25 July 1834) was an English Poet, Critic and philosopher Year 1797 ( MDCCXCVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Year 1799 ( MDCCXCIX) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Lyrical Ballads with a Few Other Poems is a collection of poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, first published in 1798 it is typically Year 1798 ( MDCCXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a The modern editions use a later revised version printed in 1817 which featured a "gloss". Year 1817 ( MDCCCXVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Along with other poems in Lyrical Ballads, it was a signal shift to modern poetry, and the beginnings of British Romantic literature. Romanticism is a complex artistic literary and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europe, and gained strength during the
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the supernatural events experienced by a mariner on a long sea voyage. The term supernatural or supranatural ( Latin: super, supra "above" + natura "nature" pertains to entities events The Mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony, and begins to recite his story. A wedding is the Ceremony in which two people are united in Marriage. The Wedding-Guest's reaction turns from bemusement and impatience to fascination as the Mariner's story progresses.
The Mariner's tale begins with his ship descending on their journey; despite initial good fortune, the ship is driven off course by a storm and, driven south, eventually reaches Antarctica. A storm is any disturbed state of an astronomical body's atmosphere, especially affecting its surface and strongly implying Severe weather. South is one of Cardinal directions and is opposite to the North. An albatross appears and leads them out of the Antarctic; even as the albatross is praised by the ship's crew, the Mariner shoots the bird down: (with my cross-bow / I shot the albatross). Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large Seabirds allied to the procellariids, Storm-petrels and Diving-petrels The other sailors are angry with the Mariner, as they thought the albatross brought the South Wind that led them out of the Antarctic: (Ah, wretch, said they / the bird to slay / that made the breeze to blow). However, the sailors change their minds when the weather becomes warmer and the mist disappears: ('Twas right, said they, such birds to slay / that bring the fog and mist). The crime arouses the wrath of supernatural spirits who then pursue the ship "from the land of mist and snow"; the south wind which had initially led them from the land of ice now sends the ship into uncharted waters, where it is becalmed. The term supernatural or supranatural ( Latin: super, supra "above" + natura "nature" pertains to entities events
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
Here, however, the sailors change their minds again and blame the Mariner for the torment of their thirst. In anger, the crew forces the mariner to wear the dead albatross about his neck, perhaps to illustrate the burden he must suffer from killing it (Ah! Well a-day! What evil looks / Had I from old and young! / Instead of the cross, the albatross / About my neck was hung). Eventually, in an eerie passage, the ship encounters a ghostly vessel. On board are Death (a skeleton) and the "Night-mare Life-in-Death" (a deathly-pale woman), who are playing dice for the souls of the crew. With a roll of the dice, Death wins the lives of the crew members and Life-in-Death the life of the mariner, a prize she considers more valuable. Her name is a clue as to the mariner's fate; he will endure a fate worse than death as punishment for his killing of the albatross.
One by one all of the crew members die, but the Mariner lives on, seeing for seven days and nights the curse in the eyes of the crew's corpses, whose last expressions remain upon their faces. Eventually, the Mariner's curse is lifted when he sees sea creatures swimming in the water. Despite his cursing them as "slimy things" earlier in the poem, he suddenly sees their true beauty and blesses them (a spring of love gush'd from my heart and I bless'd them unaware); suddenly, as he manages to pray, the albatross falls from his neck and his guilt is partially expiated. The bodies of the crew, possessed by good spirits, rise again and steer the ship back home, where it sinks in a whirlpool, leaving only the Mariner behind. A hermit on the mainland had seen the approaching ship, and had come to meet it with a pilot and the pilot's boy in a boat. This hermit may have been a priest who took a vow of isolation. When they pull him from the water, they think he is dead, but when he opens his mouth, the pilot has a fit. The hermit prays, and the Mariner picks up the oars to row. The pilot's boy goes crazy and laughs, thinking the mariner is the devil, and says "The Devil knows how to row. " As penance for shooting the Albatross, the Mariner is forced to wander the earth and tell his story, and teach a lesson to those he meets:
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.
The agony returns and his heart burns until he tells his story.
The poem may have been inspired by James Cook's second voyage of exploration (1772–1775) of the South Seas and the Pacific Ocean; Coleridge's tutor, William Wales, was the astronomer on Cook's flagship and had a strong relationship with Cook. Captain James Cook FRS RN ( – 14 February 1779) was an English Explorer, Navigator and Year 1772 ( MDCCLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Year 1775 ( MDCCLXXV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth 's Oceanic divisions On his second voyage Cook plunged repeatedly below the Antarctic Circle to determine whether the fabled great southern continent existed. The Antarctic Circle is one of the five major circles (or parallels of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. Critics have also opined that the poem may have been inspired by the voyage of Thomas James into the Arctic. Captain Thomas James (1593 &ndash 1635 was an English sea captain notable as a navigator and explorer who set out to discover the Northwest Passage, the hoped for ocean route "Some critics think that Coleridge drew upon James’s account of hardship and lamentation in writing The rime of the ancient mariner. "
According to William Wordsworth, the poem was inspired whilst Coleridge, Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy were on a walking tour through the Quantock Hills in Somerset in the spring of 1798. Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth ( December 25, 1771 – January 25, 1855) was an English Author, Poet and The Quantock Hills are a range of Hills west of Bridgwater in Somerset, England. The discussion had turned to a book that Wordsworth was reading, A Voyage Round The World by Way of the Great South Sea (1726), by Captain George Shelvocke. Year 1726 ( MDCCXXVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Captain George Shelvocke (1675-1742 was an English Privateer who wrote a famous 1723 book based on his exploits A Voyage Round the World By Way of The Great In the book, a melancholy sailor shoots a black albatross:
We all observed, that we had not the sight of one fish of any kind, since we were come to the Southward of the streights of le Mair, nor one sea-bird, except a disconsolate black Albatross, who accompanied us for several days (. Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large Seabirds allied to the procellariids, Storm-petrels and Diving-petrels . . ), till Hattley, (my second Captain) observing, in one of his melancholy fits, that this bird was always hovering near us, imagin'd, from his colour, that it might be some ill omen. (. . . ) He, after some fruitless attempts, at length, shot the Albatross, not doubting we should have a fair wind after it.
As they discussed Shelvocke's book, Wordsworth proffers the following developmental critique to Coleridge, importantly it contains a reference to tutelary spirits: "Suppose you represent him as having killed one of these birds on entering the south sea, and the tutelary spirits of these regions take upon them to avenge the crime. A tutelary spirit or patron deity serves as the guardian of or an entity to watch over and protect a particular site person culture or nation "  By the time the trio finished their walk, the poem had taken shape.
The poem may also have been inspired by the legend of the Wandering Jew, who was forced to wander the Earth until Judgement Day, for taunting Jesus on the day of the Crucifixion. Wandering Jew is a figure from medieval Christian folklore whose legend began to spread in Europe in the thirteenth century and became a fixture of Christian mythology Having shot the albatross the Mariner is forced to wear the bird about his neck as a symbol of guilt. Instead of the cross, the Albatross / About my neck was hung. This supports the idea of the Wandering Jew, who is branded with a cross as a symbol of guilt.
It is also thought that Coleridge, a known user of opium, could have been under the drug's effects when he wrote some of the more strange parts of the poem, especially the Voices of The Spirits communicating with each other. Opium is a Narcotic formed from the Latex (ie sap released by lacerating (or "scoring" the immature seed pods of opium poppies (
The poem received mixed reviews from critics, and Coleridge was once told by the publisher that most of the book's sales were to sailors who thought it was a naval songbook. Coleridge made several modifications to the poem over the years. In the second edition of Lyrical Ballads (1800), he replaced many of the archaic words. Year -of the Julian calendar. The Gregorian calendar was 11 days ahead of the Julian calendar until Friday, but 12 days ahead since Saturday.
In Biographia Literaria XIV, Coleridge writes:
The thought suggested itself (to which of us I do not recollect) that a series of poems might be composed of two sorts. In the one, incidents and agents were to be, in part at least, supernatural, and the excellence aimed at was to consist in the interesting of the affections by the dramatic truth of such emotions, as would naturally accompany such situations, supposing them real. And real in this sense they have been to every human being who, from whatever source of delusion, has at any time believed himself under supernatural agency. For the second class, subjects were to be chosen from ordinary life. . . In this idea originated the plan of the ‘Lyrical Ballads’; in which it was agreed, that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least Romantic; yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith. . . . With this view I wrote the ‘Ancient Mariner’.
In Table Talk, 1830-32, Coleridge wrote:
Mrs Barbauld tole me that the only faults she found with the Ancient Mariner were – that it was improbable and had no moral. As for the probability – to be sure that might admit some question – but I told her that in my judgment the poem had too much moral, and that too openly obtruded on the reader, It ought to have no more moral than the story of the merchant sitting down to eat dates by the side of a well and throwing the shells aside, and the Genii starting up and saying he must kill the merchant, because a date shell had put out the eye of the Genii’s son.
Wordsworth wrote to Joseph Cottle in 1799:
From what I can gather it seems that the Ancyent Mariner has upon the whole been an injury to the volume, I mean that the old words and the strangeness of it have deterred readers from going on. If the volume should come to a second Edition I would put in its place some little things which would be more likely to suit the common taste.
However, when Lyrical Ballads was reprinted, Wordsworth included it despite Coleridge’s objections, writing:
The Poem of my Friend has indeed great defects; first, that the principal person has no distinct character, either in his profession of Mariner, or as a human being who having been long under the control of supernatural impressions might be supposed himself to partake of something supernatural; secondly, that he does not act, but is continually acted upon; thirdly, that the events having no necessary connection do not produce each other; and lastly, that the imagery is somewhat too laboriously accumulated. Yet the Poem contains many delicate touches of passion, and indeed the passion is every where true to nature, a great number of the stanzas present beautiful images, and are expressed with unusual felicity of language; and the versification, though the metre is itself unfit for long poems, is harmonious and artfully varied, exhibiting the utmost powers of that metre, and every variety of which it is capable. It therefore appeared to me that these several merits (the first of which, namely that of the passion, is of the highest kind) gave to the Poem a value which is not often possessed by better Poems.
Upon its release the poem was criticised for being obscure and difficult to read. It was also criticised for using archaic words, not in keeping with Romanticism, the genre Coleridge was helping to define. Romanticism is a complex artistic literary and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europe, and gained strength during the In 1815 - 1816 Coleridge added to the poem marginal notes in prose that gloss the text to make the poem more accessible, with updated spellings. This article is about the literary term For other uses see Gloss (disambiguation. While the poem was originally published in the collection of Lyrical Ballads, the 1817 version was published in his collection entitled "Sibylline Leaves". Lyrical Ballads with a Few Other Poems is a collection of poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, first published in 1798 it is typically 
The gloss describes the poem as an account of sin and restoration. While some critics see the gloss as spelling out clearly the moral of the tale, others point to the inaccuracies and illogicalities of the gloss and interpret it as the voice of a dramatized character that only serves to highlight the poem's cruel meaninglessness.  In particular, Charles Lamb, who had deeply admired the original for its attention to "Human Feeling," claimed that the gloss distanced the audience from the narrative, weakening the poem's effect. Charles Lamb is the name of Charles Lamb (writer (1775-1834 a British essayist Charles Lamb (politician (1891-1965 a Canadian
There are many different interpretations of the poem. Some critics believe that the poem is a metaphor of original sin in Eden with the subsequent regret of the mariner and the rain seen as a baptism. Original sin is according to a doctrine in Catholic theology, humanity's state of Sin resulting from the Fall of Man. Not to be confused with Eden Gardens.The Garden of Eden ( Hebrew "pleasure" גַּן עֵדֶן Arabic: جنات عدن, In Christianity, baptism ( Greek, "immersing" "performing Ablutions " is the ritual act with the use of water by which one is admitted
Although the poem is often read as a Christian allegory, Jerome McGann argues that it is really a story of our salvation of Christ, rather than the other way round. An allegory (from αλλος allos "other" and el αγορευειν agoreuein "to speak in public" is a figurative mode of representation Jerome McGann (born July 22, 1937) is a textual scholar whose work focuses on the history of literature and culture from the late eighteenth-century to the present In Theology, salvation can mean three related things being saved from or Liberation from something such as Suffering or the punishment of The structure of the poem, according to McGann, is influenced by Coleridge's interest in Higher Criticism and its function "was to illustrate a significant continuity of meaning between cultural phenomena that seemed as diverse as pagan superstitions, Catholic theology, Aristotelian science, and contemporary philological theory, to name only a few of the work's ostentatiously present materials. Historical criticism or higher criticism is a branch of literary analysis that investigates the origins of a text as applied in Biblical studies it naturally "
In 1927, John Livingston Lowes published an exhaustive investigation of Coleridge's sources for the poem, as well as for "Kubla Khan," entitled The Road to Xanadu. John Livingston Lowes (b December 20 1867, Decatur Indiana - d " Kubla Khan or a Vision in a Dream A Fragment " is a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which takes its title from the Mongol and Chinese
In his 1946-7 essay "The Mariner and the Albatross", George Whalley suggests that the Ancient Mariner is an autobiographical portrait of Coleridge himself, comparing the Mariner's loneliness with Coleridge's own feelings of loneliness expressed in his letters and journals.
Alone, alone, all, all alone
Alone on a wide wide sea!
And never a saint took pity on
My soul in agony.
In popular culture
A statue of the Ancient Mariner with the albatross hung from his neck at Watchet Harbour
, Somerset, England
, unveiled in September 2003 as a tribute to Coleridge. Watchet is a Harbour Town and Civil parish in the English county of Somerset, with an approximate Somerset ( or) is a county in south west England The County town is Taunton, which is in the south of the county
- See also: Albatross (metaphor)
- In James M. Cain's crime novel Double Indemnity, Phyllis is described as the creature who came on board ship to shoot dice in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The word albatross is sometimes used to mean an encumbrance or a wearisome burden James Mallahan Cain ( July 1, 1892 &ndash October 27, 1977) was an American Journalist Double indemnity is a clause or provision in a Life insurance or accident policy whereby the company agrees to pay the stated multiple of the face amount in the She dresses up in a red shroud and pale makeup.
- In My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, his brother, the writer Larry, confuses an albatross with a gull and interprets it to be a sign of misfortune. My Family and Other Animals is an autobiographical work by naturalist Gerald Durrell, telling of his childhood spent on the Greek island Gerald ('Gerry' Malcolm Durrell OBE ( January 7, 1925 &ndash January 30, 1995) was a naturalist, Zookeeper Lawrence George Durrell ( February 27, 1912 &ndash November 7, 1990) was an expatriate British Novelist, Poet, Gulls (often informally Seagulls) are birds in the family Laridae The poem is mentioned by name.
- In Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, Claudia is described with the following verse:
- 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
- In Clive Cussler's novel Iceberg several references are made to the poem and it is quoted several times. Interview with the Vampire is a Vampire Novel by Anne Rice written in 1973 and published in 1976 Anne Rice (born Howard Allen O'Brien on October 4, 1941) is a best-selling American Author of gothic and religious-themed Clive Eric Cussler (born July 15, 1931 in Aurora Illinois) is an American Adventure novelist and marine archaeologist Iceberg is an Adventure novel by Clive Cussler published in the United States by Dodd Mead & Company in 1975 The villain's company logo is the albatross.
- The poem features prominently in the plot of Douglas Adams's novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 &ndash 11 May 2001 was an English author comic Radio dramatist Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a novel by Douglas Adams.
- A portion of the poem was recited by Wonder Woman as the body of the Viking Prince and his longship were sent into the Sun, during the Justice League Unlimited episode "To Another Shore". Viking Prince is a DC Comics title which featured in the Comic book The Brave and the Bold. Longships, or longboats were ships primarily used by the Scandinavian Vikings and the Saxon people to raid coastal and inland settlements during the European The Sun (Sol is the Star at the center of the Solar System. Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) is the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on
- In Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins, the poem "Workshop" describes how the title of the work in question gets the author's attention "like the Ancient Mariner grabbing me by the sleeve"
- In Lights Out by Peter Abrahams, the protagonist Eddie Nye has memorized the poem during his 15 years in prison. William A ("Billy" Collins (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet. Peter Abrahams (born 28 June 1947) is an American writer of crime thrillers. He ponders many aspects of the poem as his own story unfolds. The plot of the novel reflects several aspects of the poem.
- In Chapter 7 of Bram Stoker's Dracula, it is mentioned in reference to the arrival of the doomed Russian schooner The Demeter. Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912 was an Irish writer of novels and short stories who is best known today for his 1897 horror Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary Antagonist the vampire Count Dracula. Russia (Россия Rossiya) or the Russian Federation ( Rossiyskaya Federatsiya) is a transcontinental Country extending A schooner (ˈskuːnɚ is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts Schooners were first used by the
- The cartoonist Hunt Emerson produced a graphic novel illustrating the poem, and featuring his usual quota of visual puns, gags and grotesque caricatures. Hunt Emerson (born 1952 is a Cartoonist living and working in Birmingham, England. A The text, however, is essentially used verbatim.
- The poem is referenced in the chapter titled "Campus of interzone university" in William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. William Seward Burroughs II ( – ˈbʌroʊz was an American Novelist, Essayist, Social critic, painter and Spoken word Naked Lunch (sometimes referred to as The Naked Lunch) is a novel by William S
- In James Tiptree, Jr.'s SF short story Painwise, the protagonist says, "Her lips were red, her locks were free, her locks were yellow as gold. James Tiptree Jr ( August 24, 1915 &ndash May 19, 1987) was the Pen name of American Science fiction author . . The Night-Mare Life-in-Death was she, who thicks man's blood with cold. "
- Comic book author Bill Everett based his most famous character, the Sub-Mariner, on this poem. William Blake "Bill" Everett, also known as William Blake and Everett Blake ( May 18, 1917, Cambridge Massachusetts – 
- In Carol Ann Duffy's The World's Wife, the poem "Thetis" contains a verse with relation to Coleridge's original poem:
- Then I did this:
- Shouldered the cross of an albatross
- up the hill of the sky,
- Why? To follow a ship. Carol Ann Duffy (born December 23, 1955) is a British Poet, Playwright and Freelance Writer born in The World's Wife is a collection of poems by Carol Ann Duffy published in 1999
- But I felt my wings
- clipped by the squint of a crossbow's eye.
- The poem is heavily referred to in the Connie Willis SF novel Passage. Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (born 31 December 1945) is an American Science fiction writer Passage is a Science fiction Novel by Connie Willis published in 2001.
- In the book Club Dead by Charlaine Harris the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, quotes the lines, "Water, water, everywhere / Nor any drop to drink" when she is surrounded by very attractive but homosexual men. Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling Author
- The lines 5 to 10 serve as a part of the motto of the fantasy novel about pirates On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers. On Stranger Tides is a 1988 Fantasy novel written by Tim Powers. Timothy Thomas Powers (born February 29, 1952) is an American Science fiction and fantasy author
- In Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series, the Mariner is an ancient and powerful being. Garth Nix (born 19 July 1963 in Melbourne) is an Australian author of young adult Fantasy novels most notably the The Keys to the Kingdom is a Fantasy &ndash Adventure Book series, written by Garth Nix; having started in 2003 with plans to He claims his real name is Captain Tom Shelvocke, and he mentions accidentally shooting an albatross.
- In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, chapter Five, Victor Frankenstein quotes the lines "Like one, that on a lonesome road / Doth walk in fear and dread / And, having once turned round, walks on / And turns no more his head / Because he knows a frightful fiend / Doth close behind him tread" (Penguin Popular Classic 1968 page 57, cited from Rime, 1817 edition)
- Gene Wolfe's SF novella The Fifth Head of Cerberus uses as its motto the lines "When the ivy-tod is heavy with snow, / And the owlet whoops to the wolf below, / That eats the she-wolf's young". Mary Shelley ( Née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; 30 August Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, generally known as Frankenstein, is a Novel written by the British author Mary Shelley Victor Frankenstein is a Fictional character, the Protagonist of the 1818 novel Frankenstein, written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Gene Wolfe (born May 7, 1931, New York New York) is an American Science fiction and Fantasy writer The Fifth Head of Cerberus is the title of both a Novella and a single-volume collection of three novellas written by American Science fiction
Television and film
- The original Sherlock Holmes film series, which starred Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson, contained a film entitled 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', released in 1939, in which Holmes' nemesis, Professor Moriarty, played by George Zucco, creates a series of false murder threats to draw Holmes' attention away from his real plan. Sherlock Holmes is a famous fictional detective of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who first appeared in Publication in 1887 Basil Rathbone, MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967 was a South African-born English Actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Nigel Bruce ( February 4 1895 &ndash October 8 1953) was a British Character actor on stage and screen best known George Zucco ( January 11, 1886 – May 28, 1960) was an English character actor who appeared almost always in supporting roles in These false plots all revolve around a series of drawings which depict a man with an Albatross around his neck. Throughout the film, Holmes makes references to lines from Coleridge's work.
- Joss Whedon wove the major themes of this epic poem through the TV series Firefly and the film Serenity. Joseph Hill " Joss " Whedon ( born June 23, 1964 in New York City is an Academy Award -nominated and Hugo Award Firefly is an American Science fiction Television series created by writer/director Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Serenity is a 2005 space western Film written and directed by Joss Whedon. The significance of the albatross in this setting becomes clear when the operative tries to have (Malcolm Reynolds) sell out a crew mate, comparing her to the fabled bird. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is a Fictional character leading the ensemble in the 2002 Science fiction television series ''Firefly'' and the 2005 film He then gives the line, "Way I remember it. . . albatross was a ship's good luck till some idiot killed it. "
- Ken Russell directed a film about Coleridge called The Rime of the Ancient Mariner  in 1978 for British Granada Television. Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born 3 July 1927 is an English Film director. Granada Television is the United Kingdom ITV contractor for North West England.
- In the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World an attempt is made to shoot an albatross which leads to negative results. Master and Commander The Far Side of the World is a 2003 Film directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey, with
- The poem is extensively featured in the film Pandaemonium, which is based on the early lives of Coleridge, Dorothy Wordsworth and William Wordsworth. Pandaemonium is a 2000 Film, directed by Julien Temple, screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth ( December 25, 1771 – January 25, 1855) was an English Author, Poet and
- In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the character Willy Wonka says "Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere, but not a drop to drink. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 motion picture based on the 1964 Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka is a fictional character in the Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass . . yet. "
- In Richard O'Brien's Shock Treatment, the character Betty Hapschatt recites the entire poem to Judge Oliver Wright who, along with an entire theater of people, has fallen asleep by its closing lines. Richard Timothy Smith (born March 25 1942) better known under his Stage name Richard O'Brien, is an English-born New Zealand-raised Shock Treatment is a 1981 comedy - musical and a follow up to the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. When the lights are turned back on, the security guard Vance threateningly presents her with a dead white bird.
- In the ITV1/A&E nautical adventure series Hornblower, Captain Sir Edward Pellew quotes "As idle as a painted ship / Upon a painted ocean" when his own frigate is becalmed in the episode "The Frogs and the Lobsters". This article deals with the ITV1 brand name as it is broadcast at present A&E is a cable and Satellite television network with headquarters in Manhattan and offices in Stamford, Atlanta, Hornblower is the umbrella title of a series of Television Drama programmes based on C
- In The Wizard of Oz, the Wizard says to the Scarecrow, "Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain!"
- In the season one episode of seaQuest DSV entitled "Hide and Seek", Captain Bridger quotes from the poem in order to convince Commander Ford that it is the correct course of action to allow an ex-dictator named Tezlof (as well as Tezlof's autistic son) safe passage on the seaQuest. The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical - Fantasy film mainly directed by Victor Fleming and based on the 1900 children’s seaQuest DSV was an American Science fiction television series created by Rockne S
- In The Ice Dream, an irreverent Australian talk show covering the 2002 Winter Olympics, the hosts said that a curse had been put on Australia's Winter Olympic team after Cedric Sloane skewered a seagull in a cross-country skiing event at the Oslo Winter Olympics, which could only be lifted by the team winning a gold medal. The Dream with Roy and HG was a sports/comedy talk show broadcast every night during the Sydney 2000, Salt Lake 2002 and Athens For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games were a Winter Multi-sport event which was celebrated in 2002
- In The Simpsons episode "Boy-Scoutz N the Hood", Homer Simpson says "Don't you know the poem? 'Water, water, everywhere, so let's all have a drink. " Boy-Scoutz N the Hood " is the eighth episode of The Simpsons ' fifth season. Homer Jay Simpson is a main fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons and father of the eponymous family. '"
- There is a 1952 Looney Tunes short entitled "Water, Water Every Hare". Looney Tunes is a Warner Bros Animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969 Water Water Every Hare is a 1950-produced Looney Tunes Cartoon released in 1952 featuring Bugs Bunny and Gossamer
- In the "Super Trivia" episode of the television show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Master Shake says to both Meatwad and Frylock that they're "Albacores around my neck," which Frylock corrects by replying "that's Albatross!"
- In the film Out of Africa Denys Finch-Hatton quotes from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner as he washes Karen's hair. " Super Trivia " is the twenty-eighth episode of the Animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known as ATHF) is an American Animated television series shown on Cartoon Network as part Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known as ATHF) is an American Animated television series shown on Cartoon Network as part Aqua Teen Hunger Force (also known as ATHF) is an American Animated television series shown on Cartoon Network as part Out of Africa is a 1985 Film based loosely on the autobiographical book by Isak Dinesen (pseudonym of Karen Blixen) published She says "you're skipping verses" and he replies "Well, I leave out the dull parts".
- In the third last episode of the Australian television series SeaChange, Max compares the failure of his relationship with Laura to the Mariner shooting down the Albatross. SeaChange was a popular Australian Television show that ran for 39 episodes from 1998 to 2001 on the ABC. This episode is entitled "Love in the Time of Coleridge".
- In episode 37 of Pokémon, "Stage Fight", a trainer aboard a ship recites the opening stanza of the ballad to her Raichu. If you came here to express your personal opinion about Pokémon please go somewhere else At the core of the multi-billion dollar Pokémon Media franchise of various electronic games, ongoing anime, several manga series,
- In Samurai Jack, the ancient mariner approaches Jack and the Scotsman asking if they want to hear a story. Samurai Jack is a 4-time Emmy Award -winning American Animated television series created by animator Genndy Tartakovsky that aired After expounding on the tale's subject matter, he tells them that it's called The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, to which the Scotsman replies; "I've heard it. " much to the mariner's bewilderment.
- In The Pallbearer the main character refers to his friend's fiancee as an albatross around his neck. The Pallbearer is a 1996 film starring David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Michael Vartan, Michael Rapaport
- In Cast Away the following sentences of the poem are quoted: water, water, every where, and not a drop to drink. Cast Away is a 2000 Film by 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks about a modern day Robinson Crusoe, a FedEx employee
- In an episode of The OC, after Ryan decides not to take up a job on a fishing boat, Seth says 'It's the return of the not so ancient mariner. This article is about the FOX television series For the location from which the series derives its name see Orange County California. '
- In an episode of The Voyage of the Mimi, Ben Affleck referances the poem.
- "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is a 14-minute epic heavy metal ballad from the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 1984 album "Powerslave", based on Coleridge's poem with many direct quotes. For other uses see Iron maiden. Powerslave is the fifth studio album by the British Heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on September 3, 1984.
- Fleetwood Mac's hit song "Albatross" drew its title from the poem, as the composer Peter Green read the poem when he was at school. Fleetwood Mac are a British / American " Albatross " is a Guitar -based instrumental by Fleetwood Mac, released as a single in 1969. Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946, in Bethnal Green, London) is a British Blues-rock
- The album cover of Australian singer Sarah Blasko's album What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have was inspired by an illustration of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Sarah Blasko (born September 23, 1976) is an ARIA Award winning Australian Musician. What The Sea Wants The Sea Will Have is the second album by Australian songwriter Sarah Blasko. A song from the album, "Queen of Apology", features the line "Truth, truth, everywhere, but not a drop to drink. " The album also features a song titled "The Albatross".
- The song "Good Morning Captain" from the album "Spiderland" by US underground rock band Slint is an adaptation of the poem. Spiderland is the second Studio album by the American Indie rock band Slint, released on March 27 1991 on Touch and Go. Underground music refers to a variety of post-1960s rock pop or dance subgenres that developed a Cult following despite their lack of Mainstream appeal visibility Slint was a rock band consisting of Brian McMahan (guitar and vocals David Pajo (guitar Britt Walford (drums Todd Brashear (bass on Spiderland
- Cecil F. Alexander hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful", published in 1848, contains the following refrain which echoes the sentiment of the Ancient Mariner:
- All things bright and beautiful,
- All creatures great and small,
- All things wise and wonderful:
- The Lord God made them all. Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (Early April 1818 Dublin – 12 October 1895) was a hymn-writer and poetess All Things Bright and Beautiful is the title of a famous Anglican Hymn, though it is often sung during the services of other Christian denominations such as the Year 1848 ( MDCCCXLVIII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap
- Shane MacGowan of the Irish punk rock band The Pogues makes reference to "a minstrel. Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan (born 25 December 1957 is a musician and singer best known as the original singer and songwriter of The Pogues. The Pogues are a band of mixed Irish and English background playing Traditional Irish music with influences from Punk rock, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane . . stoppeth one in three" in the song "Fiesta". " Fiesta " is a single by The Pogues, featured on their 1988 album If I Should Fall from Grace with God. The Pogues song "The Turkish Song of the Damned" is also based heavily on the poem, adopting the same meter and including many direct quotes and references.
- The Flogging Molly song "Rebels of the Sacred Heart" has the line "the albatross hangin' round your neck is the cross you bear for your sins. Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Irish American Celtic punk band that formed in Los Angeles California and is currently signed to SideOneDummy "
- The band Corrosion of Conformity has a song called "Albatross", in which the lyricist warns the albatross away. Corrosion of Conformity (also known as COC) is an American heavy metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina formed in 1982 Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large Seabirds allied to the procellariids, Storm-petrels and Diving-petrels A lyricist is a Writer who specializes in Song Lyrics, usually paid for by a band to write a custom song(s Albatrosses, of the biological family Diomedeidae, are large Seabirds allied to the procellariids, Storm-petrels and Diving-petrels The lyricist also states, "I believe the albatross is me". A lyricist is a Writer who specializes in Song Lyrics, usually paid for by a band to write a custom song(s
- Hip Hop group People Under The Stairs released a fake leak of their Stepfather album on the Internet, in which they recite the entire Rime of The Ancient Mariner over a back beat. People Under the Stairs are an Underground hip hop group from Los Angeles, California.
- David Bedford recorded a concept album The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 1975. David Vickerman Bedford (born 4 August 1937 in London) is a British Composer and Musician. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. An experimental work, it consists of two parts of the poem set to music, and is similar in style to a dramatic reading of the poem.
- The title track of pirate-themed rap group Captain Dan's second album, Rimes of the Hip-Hop Mariners, was a stylized retelling of the main events of the poem. Captain Dan & the Scurvy Crew is an Electronic music group specializing in Pirate -themed Hip hop music.
- The poem is referenced in the song "Peep-hole" by Guided By Voices. Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an American Indie rock band originating from Dayton, Ohio.
- Baseball pitcher Diego Segui, who was pitching for the Seattle Mariners at the age of 40, was tagged by sportswriters as "The Ancient Mariner". Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each In Baseball, the pitcher is the player who throwsthe baseball from the Pitcher's mound toward the Catcher to begin each play with the goal of Diego Seguí (born August 17, 1937 in Holguín, Cuba) is a former Pitcher in Major League Baseball. The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington, United States. Twenty years later, Jamie Moyer inherited the nickname. Jamie Moyer (born November 18, 1962 in Sellersville, Pennsylvania) is a Starting pitcher in Major League Baseball,
- Since 1978, the U.S. Coast Guard has recognized the active duty member with the most accumulated time aboard its ships and an exemplary character as the "Ancient Mariner", as noted in the list of USCG Medals and Awards (pdf).
- In the collectible/playable card game Magic: The Gathering, there is a card named and fashioned after the Will o' the Wisp described in the poem; the card even features flavor text with a pertinent excerpt from the poem:
- 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
- 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. This article is somewhat over-complete Please do not add significant new content without first discussing it on the talk page The will-o'-the-wisp, sometimes will-o'-wisp or ignis fatuus (modern Latin, from ignis ("fire" + fatuus This article is somewhat over-complete Please do not add significant new content without first discussing it on the talk page
- And through the drifts the snowy clifts
- Did send a dismal sheen:
- Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken--
- the ice was all between
- In the computer game Marathon Infinity, one of the levels is named "One thousand thousand slimy things", a line in the poem. This article is somewhat over-complete Please do not add significant new content without first discussing it on the talk page A personal computer Game (also known as a computer game or simply PC game) is a Video game played on a Personal computer, rather Marathon Infinity is the third and final game in the Marathon Trilogy of Science fiction First-person shooter Computer games
- The Ancient Mariner is set to appear as a figure in the game Horrorclixs Nightmares set. HorrorClix is a Collectible miniatures game by WizKids Inc and was released August 30, 2006.
- In the online computer game Guild Wars the opening lines of an NPC's dialogue, the NPC himself, and the name of the quest he is involved in all reference the poem and the author.
- In the online computer game Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, in the city of Martok, there is an NPC (non-player character) Orc named Rolyat Leumas, the Ancient Seafarer of Martok. Vanguard Saga of Heroes is a High fantasy -themed massively multiplayer online role-playing game ( MMORPG) created by Sigil Games Online, A non-player character, often shortened to NPC, is a character that is controlled by the Gamemaster in Role-playing games or one that is not Orc (OR'k is a word used to refer to a race of various tough and warlike humanoid creatures in various Fantasy settings appearing originally in the stories If the player questions him, he will tell the complete story of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, with minor modifications to make it appropriate to the game world. The character's name is "Samuel Taylor" spelled backward.
- In the video game Final Fantasy X-2, Buddy relates a story to Yuna in which he and Brother were lost in a frozen wasteland and guided to their airship by a gull, which they killed and ate afterwards.
- In the online game World of Warcraft the "Crossbow of the Albatross" is a reward for completing the quest "Show Gnomercy", the final quest in a chain for the stranded crew of a ship on Azuremyst Isle.
- In the web-comic Order of the Stick Celia says "Could you imagine this trial if we had THAT albatross around our neck" when the adventures are in court. The albatross is a reference to their Chaotic-Evil companion Belkar.
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