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The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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"It is an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three. "By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp'st thou me? 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." He holds him with his skinny hand, "There was a ship," quoth he."

-Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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From Nowhere To Now-Here
Reviewer obsfo
 March 26, 2007
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Mathew. 6:22-23

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote this epic poem many years ago, and yet it still occupies the minds of many today.

For those of you who are not aware of this rhyme, it should be mentioned that it is rather lengthy, and packed with stunningly thought provoking lines.

It can be viewed on many websites, along with opinions and analysis of the rhyme, by the many who find it fascinating.

There are a number of different ways of approaching this poem.
There are also a number of different versions of it.
The reader is encouraged to use the one that they find most suitable for their own personal journey.

A personal journey, because, for those of you who devote some study to this rhyme, you will find that it says a great about YOU - whoever you may be now, or are striving to become.

The following are some random thoughts to keep you company on the journey. They are not necessarily the views of the author, but are thoughts that spring to mind while studying the poem - Bon - voyage.

Of course there are varying opinions about the person of Samuel Coleridge,and the state of his mind.
However,whatever one's opinion may be about his state of mind - there can be little doubt that this rhyme was written by an extremely talented and gifted man. Where those gifts and talents came from we can leave open to debate.
In the opinion of the undersigned this rhyme was formulated by a mind connected to influences that most of us are not 'tuned-in' to!

LIFE - IN - DEATH ?
OR
DEATH - IN - LIFE?


The word that comes to mind after reading this Rhyme a number of times is - DUALITY.
Numbers and colours also play an important part in the poem.
However it appears to be a text that is very dependant on input from oneself with regard to how much you can expect to receive from it. Give and Receive - itself a law of duality.
With input I mean that ones own life experiences, education,social environment,thoughts, and beliefs play and active role in interpreting the text.
It is a text that can mean all things to all people, or nothing at all to those who have no particular code of ethics or set of standards they live by, or at least strive to live by.

There appears to be no right or wrong way to interpret the rhyme.
Doubtful if any two people will interpret it alike, although they may be in agreement in part.

Imagine that Duality is a Law in force on this planet, and all that live on it.
Examples:- up and down, right / left, soft / hard, wet / dry, positive / negative, high / low etc, etc,
There are thousands of such laws.
The one that most people are sceptical of is Visible / Invisible.

Male and female genders also play an important part in the text. - Duality
There are many paradoxes and oppositions.

The Ancient Mariner uses ''Duality''(L of 2), and also a higher Law -
''A Law of Three''(L of 3).
The Law of Three is spiritual in nature, it goes beyond the material world.
Consider that Water is an example of this.
One of the elements, water - can be liquid,solid (ice), or vapour (invisible). Just because it becomes invisible in the material World does not mean it no longer exists.

Consider that the two above named Laws are what unifies this work.
(L of 2)and (L of 3)
Keep this in mind when you read the text.

Examples in text.

The vessel sails from North to South and back again - opposites. (L of 2)
Are they really opposites?
Male and female genders are often spoken of as the ''opposite sex'', although probably not politically correct to say so today?
Maybe ''Adjacent'' would be a more appropriate word?
The one complements the other, as does North and South.
A matter of looking at things from another angle.

However, there is an in-between or transitional stage between North and South - Equator. (L of 3).

It would appear that it is easier to enter the ''Southern'' World'' than it is to leave it.
On the outward voyage the vessel reaches the equator and meets a ''storm-blast'' that carries it at great speed toward the South.
On the way back North it again reaches the equator.
We are told both times that the ship has reached the equator by the line that tells us that the sun stood over the mast at noon - this can only happen at the equator.
This time however, the ship is becalmed - ''down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down''.
Many strange things happen here before the vessel eventually continues Northward.
Why is it more difficult to re-enter the Northern World?

Consider that it may be the story of a personal journey that we all have to make in life?
If so then it tells us that we can not make this journey on our own.
All our actions and choices not only affect ourselves, but also others - for good or bad (L of 2).
If we break laws then we are punished. We may be forgiven, but we still have to make recompense for breaking the law(s). We are rewarded or punished according to our works. (L of 2 )?
''Is this the man? By him who died on cross , with his cruel bow he laid full low the harmless Albatross''.
''The man hath penance done, and penance more will do''.
However, were his fellow crew members forgiven?
After the killing of the Albatross the crew said - ''Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay, that made the breeze to blow''.
The south wind continued to blow after the Albatross was dead, so then we read :- ''Then all averred, I had killed the bird that brought the fog and mist''.
Everyone thought they had got away with the killing. But breaking of laws have a way of catching up with one.
The crews punishment was death, but the Mariners was worse, he did not loose his life?
The souls of the crew - ''They fled to bliss or woe''. - WAS IT THE SOULS OF THE CREW THAT FLED?

Consider that the rhyme is an ancient man's Reflections of life.
The age of the Mariner is given as Ancient. This word alludes to more than just old. It alludes to centuries and millenia.
The story he tells is ageless?
It applies today as it did yesterday, and will tomorrow.(Lof3)
THE STORY IS - TIMELESS - IS IT THEREFORE TRUE?

I use the word Reflection in connection with the Sun and the Moon.
Much is made of light and darkness throughout the poem.(Lof2)
The Sun and Moon are recurrent themes, and interestingly, the Sun generates or gives off light whereas the Moon is a
reflector of light. (Lof2).

Consider that past actions in one world reflect into an other?
Are there certain laws that if broken condemn one to banishment from one world into another?
It is not until AFTER the Albatross is killed that the ship starts heading North.

Repetition - Certain themes are repeated, not necessarily in sequence:- Wind, sun, moon, water, shapes, colours, eyes.
The guest is held (entranced or mesmerised) by the Mariners eye (only one eye?)
The ship is held in the grip of the storm, can not shake it off.
Ship held in grip of ice, and again held in grip of a windless rotten sea on the way back, at the equator.
Mariner held in grip of fear -can not pray because of it.
Consider that this is an allusion to the way many go through life in a furrow - trapped by habit.
Always requires an outside influence to break out. Can not be done alone.
The Albatross broke the ice:- ''And round and round it flew. The ice did split with a thunder-fit, the helmsman steered us through''

THE STORYTELLER

Throughout the poem it is as if there is a third party involved in the text - a ''storyteller''?
Is there an author or narrator involved here? We never find out who or what this is.

Example: ''It is AN Ancient Mariner''. ''And he stoppeth one of three''. Who states this?
It doesn't say THE Ancient Mariner, so therefore he is not unique - ''an'' in this context must mean there are other Ancient Mariners?

He obviously knows which guest to stop from the three - we are told this toward the end.
'' That moment that his face I see I know the man that must hear me. To him my tale I teach''.
This at once gives the impression of a pupil and teacher relationship.
The Mariner is TEACHING - NOT just passing the time of day relating a story.
This relationship is confirmed again at the beginning. '' And listens like a three years' child''.

''The bridegrooms doors are opened wide'' - Obviously to receive the guests and bride.
Can be compared with the ship leaving harbour and sea opens wide to receive the Mariner and ship?

''The bridegrooms doors are opened wide and I am next of kin''.
Who is speaking these words?
As the rhyme mentions ''next of kin'' in connection with the bridegroom, then we assume (always dangerous to assume anything), the guest must be next of kin to the bridegroom. However we know from the text that the guest is of male gender.
We again have to assume that as the ''wedding feast is set and the guests are met'', that the marriage ceremony has already taken place. Therefore direct next of kin to the bridegroom would be the BRIDE??
If the ceremony has not been conducted then the guest must be the father of the bridegroom.
OR: Allusion to Biblical teachings - The bridegroom in this case would be Jesus Christ. ''Next of kin'', being those presently chosen and who have managed to overcome the temptations(trials) of this material world and qualify for the FIRST Resurrection in the coming KINGDOM OF GOD.
A degree of guidance and free moral choice are required to enable anyone to achieve this, hence the Mariner knew which ''one of the three'' had been CALLED at this time.
Not ALL are chosen for the First Resurrection. ''Many are called but few are chosen''.

Power of speech

''He holds me with his glittering eye''. - Only one eye singular, never mentions two eyes throughout text.
Is this a normal eye or what is known in esoteric circles as a third eye which is centered in middle of forehead.
When opened gives the person enhanced powers.
Appears the Mariner has strange powers:- ''I pass, like night (unseen?) from land to land. I have strange power of speech''. He also has the power to know which person he needs to teach - In that persons OWN LANGUAGE?
The Apostles of Christ were given this ability after receiving the power of The Holy Spirit.

The Mariner has the guest entranced, and completely open to tuition, just like a 3 year old child.
He has no choice but to listen.
The initial tension experienced by the guest is quickly resolved into a teacher - pupil relationship

The ''Eye''

Regarding the glittering eye. It is thougth, in some circles,that the eye is the only part of the human body directly connected to the ''real you'', the ''human spirit''.
It would appear that the eye is visible, as it is described as ''glittering'' and ''bright''?
We meet the eye again before the crew die:- ''Each turned his face with a ghastly pang, and cursed me with his ''EYE''. -
Again singular - surely not all the crew members had only one eye?

The next verse could give us a clue. Here the ship leaves harbour.
''Below the kirk, below the hill. below the lighthouse top''. (Lof3)
This line is repeated on returning.
''The light-house top I see? Is this the hill? Is this the kirk''?

Law of Three

Kirk is another word for church - a place of comfort or refuge? Lighthouse- a warning of danger or a welcoming light at
harbour entrance. What does the hill signify? It is easier to go down it than up? (Lof2)
It is easier to go down South than come back North?
The last line of this verse ''Is this mine own countree?
Doesn't seem to sure - Why.?
Country spelt ''countree'' - Why? Is this a play on words - Count trees or Count three?
The word is again encountered when we meet the hermit.
''This Hermit good lives in that wood''
He loves to talk with marineres
that come from a far countree''.
Count trees in wood?

Continue - ''He kneels at morn, noon, and eve''.( Count three)?

Three elements especially mentioned on leaving and returning - kirk, lighthouse and hill. (Lof3)
Three elements especially mentioned on arriving in the South - ice, snow and mist. (Lof3)

We know the ship is heading South or North by the description of the suns setting and rising.
Rises in East, sets in West. Mariner uses terms left and right. Stbd. and port would be more nautical terms,
but then again he is talking to a non -seamen, so that is perhaps the reason?

As the story progresses to the point where the ship reaches the equator on its outward voyage we are told :-
''The wedding guest here beat his breast, for he heard the loud bassoon''. Twice this phrase is mentioned.
At the same time the ship is met by a STORM-BLAST - synonomous with BASSOON BLAST??
The Guest is gripped in the gaze of the Mariner, but at the same time is torn between listening to him and the sounds of revelry from the wedding party.
Likewise the ship is gripped in the claws of the storm, unable to shake itself free.
The ship is trying to outrun the storm but is always in its shadow. Just like the guest and Mariner.

COLOUR

''The ice, mast-high, came floating by, as GREEN as emerald''.
Green is not the colour most commonly associated with ice. It is usually clear or blue??.
However the colour green is mentioned again relating to the ocean.
''And now this spell was snapt: once more I viewed the ocean green''.
So, in the North we have a liquid moving ocean of green.
In the South we have solid (ice) - icebergs.

Development

The colour green has a part to play here. Green is a colour normally associated with healing, teaching, and learning.
Could the free flowing liquid ocean represent ability to move and develop?
The ice, solid and fairly static - Development is either complete - OR, no further development possible, OR further development hindered?

Do we need to go to a so called ''dreamworld'' as represented by the South on a regular basis, in order to heal ourselves from what we learn and are taught in the North??
Do we need contrasts (North and South) (Lof2) to enable us to develop?
To change requires effort as represented by the crossing point - equator?
Also represented by a hill (req. effort to climb to the top to see what is on the other side).
The GOOD Hermit lived in a wood which sloped down to the sea.
He had made the climb?

The South is pictured as a WHITE landscape. ice, snow, fog and mist - White being a colour associated with cleanliness, and purity of heart (mind) - In other words high standards.
Snow, mist and fog indicate unclearness. Perhaps so full of false teachings from the North (material world) that we are unable to see clearly spiritually?

''Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken'' (old word for know)
Whatever lives here is neither animal or human? - Spirit World? or a Dreamworld?

Albatross in text associated with God and the Soul of Christians?
''And round and round it flew, the ice did split with a thunder-fit''
The Albatross freed the ship from the ice?

''Upon the whirl, where sank the ship, the boat spun round and round''.
The Pilot Boat spun the same way as the Albatross flew.

A ships Pilot is classed as a Guide to Mariners. Can we see the Albatross in the same way - A Guide?
The Albatross was not allowed to guide for long, the Mariner shot it - Would not be guided - Why?
However, if the Albatross was a guide then one would expect it to lead.
The text says otherwise :- ''And a good south wind sprung up behind, the Albatross did follow.?

Breaking Habits?

''The ice was SPLIT with a thunder-fit''
When the ship sank, whatever caused the sound, ''reached the ship, it SPLIT the bay. The ship went down like LEAD''
The Mariner was freed from his captivity, from the rut, from habit??

At this point was his EYE opened ( that glittering, bright eye)?? He was now in contact with his God
It doesn't say which God. Although a line in the poem gives us a clue.
'' And straight the Sun was flecked with bars, (Heavens Mother send us grace!)''.
We normally associate heaven with the FATHER, and the Earth with the MOTHER (Lof2) - Family, the basis for human life on earth. The god of this Earth is SATAN - FOR A TIME.
The Bible is quite plain about this.

Also earlier in the poem:- ''The self same moment I could pray, and from my neck so free. The Albatross fell off, and sank like LEAD into the sea''.
Had the Mariner through prayer at last made contact with his God.
The great weight (lead)of his sins or of his blinkered outlook on life been removed or forgiven??

There is a saying that goes:-
'We do not see the World as it is, but as we are'.

Continue:

''In mist or cloud,on mast and shroud it perched for vespers nine'' - Nine (3x3)
No matter what the circumstances the Albatross always came to pray - Never lost its way

The Way

Vespers is a time for prayer. Is also a,translation of a Hebrew word meaning a stationary bright star.
The birth of Christ was attended by a bright star??
Vespers is again mentioned toward the end.
''And hark the little vesper bell which biddeth me to prayer''.
This time in connection with a loud outburst from the wedding guests.
''While in the garden-bower the bride and bride-maids are singing''.
Could this be that a small remnant never lose there way to God, but the majority are easily led away through temptation, revelry, and partying?

God of Creation OR God of this World?

The shooting of the Albatross with a cross-bow is also connected to the souls of the crew.
'' The souls did from their bodies fly, they fled to bliss and woe!
And every soul, it passed me by like the whizz of my cross-bow''!

Is it the sound of the cross-bow (whizz) or the speed of the arrow that tells us something ?- But what?
It is not until the dice are cast that their fate is sealed. And ''the horned Moon with one bright star rises''
It rises from the East.
Here is depicted both good and evil. The bright star of Bethlehem rose in the East (Christ). However the horned Moon would appear to depict evil (Satan) ??
The souls of the crew ''fled to bliss or woe''

There is no Biblical authority for claiming that a soul can fly anywhere. When alive, Man IS A LIVING SOUL.
On the death of the physical body, Man becomes A DEAD SOUL.
The word Soul is translation of Hebrew word - Nephesh.
All living creatures have a soul. Both human and animal.

''Nor dim nor red, like God's own head, the glorious Sun uprist''.
God is not normally associated with the colour red, nor dimness.
Red is a very emotional colour
The connection with the Sun indicates a pagan origin.

The colour red again appears earlier when the bride is described -
''As red as a rose'', as she paced into the hall of the bridegrooms house.
''The bloody Sun at noon, right up above the mast did stand'' - Red?
''The western wave was all a flame'' - Red?
The Sun is also described as broad with a burning face - Red?
''The Night-mare LIFE-IN-DEATH'' - had RED lips - Did the bride?
Could also thicken mans blood (red) with cold.
''The charmed water burnt away, a still and awful RED''
The bride would appear to have a connection to the Sun? - Paganism?

How does the Mariner know that they were the first to ''ever'' burst into the silent sea?
The ''twain'' that arrived on the spectre vessel did not talk to them. They threw their dice, and whistled thrice only.
It would appear that the fate of the crew was sealed by the throw of the dice.
But why did they not all die, the Mariner survives?
Is the clue ''The night-mare LIFE-IN-Death was she''?
Perhaps - On arrival back the Pilot's boy says.- '' Ha! Ha! quoth he, full plain I see The Devil knows how to row''.

Completion

We are also told that on return to the equator the bloody Sun was no bigger than the Moon.
The Moon is one seventh the size of the Sun - For seven days and seven nights the Mariner saw the curse -
Connection? Of course, the rhyme itself has seven parts.

Paradoxes

Surrounded by water (salt), but not a drop to drink
Here was a place of death, the sea was rotten - no oxygen, no life.
The very deep was rotten.
Yet, paradoxically, it is teeming with slimy life and snakes?

The spectre bark is pictured with ribs and called a ''naked hulk'', and yet ''Off shot the spectre bark''.
If it was able to ''shoot off'' then it would indicate it was in tip top shape?
The word Bark - should it be BARQUE?
A barque is a sailing ship renowned for its beauty, the opposite of that pictured.
The word spectre also means ''apparition'' ''wraith'' - Does not exist materially.
However, if BARK is correct, then we know it as the covering around the trunk of a tree.
''The Hermit good lives in that wood''
We know that he has a ''cushion plump'' - ''the rotted old oak stump''.
Covered by moss that completely hides it.
Could it be that once our outer covering is removed we find inner rotteness - Spiritual death.
We have a guide, but if we refuse to follow that guides advice (shoot the Albatross) then spiritual rotteness and spiritual death will follow?
We also have the word COUN(T)REE. - we cann't see the wood for the trees

''Heaven Mother send us Grace''
We normally ask Heavens Father for assistance not the Mother.
We normally associate the Mother with the planet Earth.
Heaven and Earth - Father and Mother - the basic family unit.
The Sun is mentioned in conjunction with Heavens mother.
Also the Sun is addressed as HE. With a ''broad and burning face'' (Red)
Pagan God?

''The many men so beautiful! And they all dead did lie''
We are told that these same men cursed him with their eye, and as they lie there they look beautiful.
Imagine that the opposite would have been true?

After his shipmates die he is left alone, and is in anguish and dispair, unable even to pray.
As time goes by he begins to see beauty in that rotten world.
The beauty of dead men?
The beauty and colour of the water snakes? - ''He blessed them unaware''.
From that moment he found that he could pray again.
The spell is broken - He realises there are two sides to eveything (Duality) Nothing is wholly good or wholly evil?
There is good and evil in us all? Beauty and ugliness in us all?

Re-incarnation OR Resurrection?

The sprit beings that inhabited the corpes of the dead crew members, dropped their arms and clustered around the mast at dawn.
They gathered to greet the SUN??

The sounds from their mouths ''Around, around, flew'' (Just like the Albatross) ''Then darted to the SUN''.
The sounds came back again mixed and singly (choir and soloist)
The sounds that sank the ship on its return home - ''And all was still, save the hill was telling of the sound''.

The sound from the crew was reflected from the Sun. (Pagan God)(choir and soloist - KIRK)
The sound that sank the ship was reflected from the hill, where the KIRK was situated.
The lighthouse gave a warning?
The church was a false church?

''Under the keel nine fathom deep, from the land of mist and snow, the SPIRIT slid: and it was he that made the ship to go''

Obviously this ''Spirit'' can freely move between North and South, and is also literally a Guide.
It is the spirit ''That made the ship to go''. So the spirit is guiding the ship.
Humans can not freely move between worlds (material and spiritual - the unseen Worlds).
The crew required ''new blest spirits'' in order to ''rise again'', and come back into the North - Resurrection?

Is this a an analogy about passing from this world into the next and back again. - Re-incarnation? (not the same as Resurrection).
Does this tell us that the material human also requires a spirit body to function?
Also, if it is to function correctly, it also requires a spirit guide?

The nine fathoms can remind one of Eastern Religion, and the ''nine chakras''.
These are all spiritual connecting points in the human body.
When the forces associated with each point are acknowledged and mastered one is said to become, for example, a Buddha, or an enlightened one.
The ''powers'' associated with the mastery of these points are many and
varied. The Mariner had special powers.
When one has attained this level the guide is no longer necessary.
The Albatross drops like lead, and the ship sinks like lead.
It is no longer necessary to re-incarnate back to this Earth - although it is thought that certain adepts voluntarily return to ''TEACH'' and help Man in certain special ways.
The Mariner appears to be doing just that?

There was no quiet re-entry into the North (material world).
''Then like a pawing horse let go, she made a sudden bound''.
The ship and Mariner were almost catapulted back.
The Mariner is knocked into a dreamlike state at the speed of it, hears two voices.
The voice of one is soft, and by inference we conclude that the voice of the other is hard? (Lof2)
There is clear allusion to God here in that we are told that the spirit that lives by himself, (note He), in the land of mist and snow, ''loved the bird that loved the man''.
At the end of the poem the same allusion is made. '' He prayeth well, who loveth well, both man and bird and beast''.
''For the dear God who loveth us, he made and loveth all''. Again HE.

Of the two voices, the first is the soft-voice, and he obviously is not as knowledgeable as the second. For he asks how the ship is driven.
They also see each other as brothers (kin or brothers in God?)

''The air is cut away before, and closes from behind''
The ship is being driven by a pressure differential.

The Occult?

The Hermit makes up godly hymns in the woods, and he loves to talk with marineres (plural) that come from a far countree. - That word again.
The word countree associated with the next world?
We normally associate people who live in the woods, and make up holy songs and communicate with those from another world as dabbling in the occult?
In the text Godly hymns is spelt with a lower case 'g'.

When the Hermit saw the ship he said:- ''I am a feared -- Push on, push on, said the Hermit cheerily''.
It would appear that he may have been afeared, but it would also appear that he knew what he was seeing.
If you take it in the context of what I have written directly above, then he was excited about what he was about to experience?

As the poem continues we find that the Hermit was not after all sure what he was seeing.
''What manner of man art thou''. He also had problems standing when he left the pilot boat.
The Mariner was forced to tell his tale to the Hermit, and by doing so ''It left me free''.
If the tale left the Mariner free, then he must have off-loaded information to the Hermit that held him constrained, in its grip.
This is a recurring theme throughout - Held in the grip of something.

The Mariner also asked the Hermit to ''shreave him'' (means cleanse - I think)
''The Hermit crossed his brow''. Did the Hermit cross his own brow or the Mariners - ambiguous?
''Say quick''. Was it a form of baptism?? - It would appear to be some kind of cleansing ritual.

The Mariner isn't totally ''cleansed'' of his problem, because afterwards at certain times the pain returns.
And he has to tell the tale to someone else.

There is a great deal hidden within this rhyme.
The above is only a small sample of what may OR may not be there.
In essence it appears to have a great deal to do with the false beliefs many people labour under.

Twice in the tale the Mariner mentions how lonely he is and that God scarcely seemed to be there.
Is this an allusion to Christ on the cross, he also asked why God had forsaken him.
In the case of Christ, he was so loaded down with the SINS of mannkind, that God could not be in his presence?
That did not mean that God had left him though.
Do we see the same pattern in the poem?

An overall picture of DECAY and RENEWAL throughout the poem - Duality?
Resurrection OR Reincarnation?
Truth OR Deception?
Life IN Death OR Death IN Life?

...water, water, everywhere...
Reviewer girijad83
 February 17, 2006
Published by Literal Systems and narrated by Jane Aker, 'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is in my opinion one of the Romantic poets' greatest works. Written in seven parts, the poem follows a ballad-like style and is replete with Christian imagery. It begins with an old mariner with a 'glittering' eye who stops a wedding guest to tell him his story. The poem's moral is that one should love all creatures of God equally, whether ugly or beautiful.

Some lines and images in the poem have become commonplace in today's parlance, such as 'water, water, everywhere...nor any drop to drink', and 'hang an albatross around someone's neck'. Jane Aker does an excellent job of narrating the poem, with the emotions and stresses coming through clearly to the listener. One can vividly 'see' the events that take place in the poem as one listens to the work: something I would again attribute to the Ms. Aker's narration. The audio quality is good. I recommend this audio book to everyone, especially literature buffs who would like to 'listen' to their favourite poem instead of merely reading it again.

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