4umi Samuel Taylor Coleridge : Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


 The Sun came up upon the left, 
 Out of the sea came he !
The Sun came up upon the left
Illustration by Mervyn Peake, 1943



The symbolism of the albatross as a bringer of bad tidings is one example of the ways in which the Mariner has enriched our collective conscience. Also the pictures drawn from the Mariner's words by Gustave Doré in 1875 are recognized and loved the world over. Other well known illustrations come from J. Noel Paton, first published in 1863, Mervyn Peake, 1943, and Edward A. Wilson, 1945. Another memorable rendition is the musical hard rock version by Iron Maiden in 1994.

A statue of the Ancient Mariner by Scottish sculptor Alan Herriot was unveiled in 2003 on the waterfront in Watchet, Somerset, UK. Coleridge lived in the nearby village of Nether Stowey, about 10 miles from this location, when on a visit to Watchet in 1797 it is believed he was inspired to compose The Rime.
The making of the sculpture of the Ancient Mariner:
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 Samuel Taylor Coleridge Rime of the Ancient Mariner Motto & Argument Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Part VI Part VII Hear the Rime… Kubla Khan Frost at Midnight The ballad of the dark ladie To Lesbia The Pains of Sleep Answer to a child's question The Aeolian Harp Fears in Solitude Glycine’s Song Love Apologia pro Vita Sua Dejection: An Ode Phantom What Is Life? Recollections of Love Psyche Despair Time, Real and Imaginary Human Life To Nature Youth and Age Work Without Hope Duty surviving Self-Love Cologne Desire Forbearance Epitaph The Garden of Boccaccio