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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems Paperback – September 18, 1992


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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (September 18, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486272664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486272665
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coleridge' s best work is set in this very cheap Dover book.
Carol Clarke
Included in it are his two great poems, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan."
J. D Morrow
I bought this for Christabel and I'm glad I finally got a chance to read it.
Bertilak

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Coleridge is the only English Romantic poet I like, and Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the main reason. However, this collection also contains another long poem that is often overlooked--Christabel. This a very haunting poem which was unfortunately unfinished when Coleridge died. As for the rest of the selections, Kubla Khan is really the only short poem of the same quality as Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wischmeyer on February 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Samuel Taylor Coleridge produced nearly all of his best poetry in a two year period, 1797-1798, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. After writing Ode to Dejection (1802), his farewell to the Muse of Poetry, he wrote few poems and concentrated almost exclusively on literary criticism and political, philosophical, and theological essays.

This short, inexpensive Dover publication offers a broad sampling of the poetry of Coleridge - imaginative poems, lyrical ballads, witty poems, and more serious poetry on literary topics and political events. I expected more fantastical poems like Kubla Khan and I was unprepared for his serious, contemplative, and somewhat difficult poetry. Coleridge was more like Keats and Wordsworth than I had realized.

I was surprised by Coleridge in another way. He confronted political and social issues that are just as relevant and controversial today. Fears in Solitude, written in 1798 during the alarm of a possible invasion by France, criticizes the public's naïve willingness to undertake military conflict, while arguing that Coleridge's criticism was neither unpatriotic nor mistimed. "I have told most bitter truth, but without bitterness."

Similarly, in France: An Ode he tells of his unbridled enthusiasm for the revolution in France, followed by his bitter disappointment as the cause of liberty was betrayed by a revolution gone awry. In his short poem The Dungeon Coleridge challenges the practice of incarcerating prisoners in dark, dismal dungeons. He questions whether more humane treatment might be more curative.

His short, witty poem Cologne should earn him honorary membership in the Sierra Club.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bertilak on November 29, 2010
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I bought this for Christabel and I'm glad I finally got a chance to read it. I found it to be a bit racier than I expected! A quick (non-racy) excerpt to peak your interest:

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Hush, beating heart of Christabel!
Jesu, Maria, shield her well!
She folded her arms beneath her cloak,
And stole to the other side of the oak.
What sees she there?
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But of course The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the star of this show. It is loaded with familiar lines, lines that take on real meaning in context of the overall poem. Best I can do is an excerpt:

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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 cold sweat melted from their limbs,
Nor rot nor reek did they:
The look with which they looked at me
Had never passed away.

An orphan's curse would drag to hell
A spirit from on high;
But oh! more horrible than that
is the curse in a dead man's eye!
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(And you thought that was from some pirate movie!) That is far from the most famous line in the poem, and if the poem is new to you, you may be surprised by familiar lines as you come across them. There are other poems in this volume with lines as memorable, if not as famous.

There is quite a lot in this little volume and for $2 it is a steal, especially if you qualify for free shipping!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. D Morrow on February 11, 2008
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This collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's work is a fantastic snapshot of the great romantic poet. Included in it are his two great poems, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan." Additionally, my two favorites, "Lewti" and "Love" are in the collection. Coleridge builds amazing worlds from his education and his opium habit that still astound the reader. Anyone who is looking to read some Coleridge should pick this one up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' is a haunting and strange poem. The great memorable lines of the opening , ' It is an ancient mariner / and he stoppeth one of three/ by the long grey beard and thy glittering eye / wherefore thou stoppest thou me?/ lead us to a kind of enchanted and impossible world. The tale itself of the slaying of the albatross of the cosmic coordination in response to the evil of Man has a certain Biblical flavor which connects the story with Jonah . The work as a whole I have always found perplexing in its ultimate meaning, but strong in its great poetic lines. (Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink)

In another great poem in this collection ' In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree ' Coleridge 's great musical power and mystical sense is again felt .This scattered man of ideas this long- suffering lonely genius the incredible master of the mind's digression, this supreme talker and goer- on- and -on did in his youth also write great poetry .

There is much much beauty here amid the musings and meanderings of this great wandering and wondering mind.
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