The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. By: Marya Topina , Danielle Yu, and Madison Trice. Background Information. Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge Genre: lyrical ballad (a mix of story-telling and intense expressions of subjective and emotional experience)
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By: MaryaTopina, Danielle Yu, and Madison Trice
One day, three men are on their way to a wedding when an old sailor stops one of the wedding guests at the door. With the help of his hypnotizing gaze, the old sailor keeps the attention of the man, who has no choice but to listen to the Mariner’s gruesome tale. The Mariner explains that he was sailing with his crew in Antarctica when they got caught in an ice and fog storm. A kind albatross decides to show them the way out of the storm, but the Mariner decides to shoot the bird.
The Mariner falls asleep, only waking up when rain starts falling all around. The dead corpses, filled with angel spirits, rise up and start going about their activities, piloting the ship. The Mariner loses consciousness once again, this time hearing two voices discussing that he still has more penance to do. Soon the ship enters the port. A rescue boat with a hermit in it appears to bring the Mariner safely back to shore. As they row back to the bank, the Mariner’s ship sinks. The old sailor feels a desperate need to tell his story to his rescuer, the hermit. The Mariner explains to the wedding guest that this is why he felt it necessary to stop the guest, since he was experiencing a great pain up until the story had been told. Once the Mariner leaves, the guest no longer desires to attend the wedding, and leaves, permanently marked by his experience.