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Great title poem plus "Kubla Khan," "Christabel," and twenty more sonnets, lyrics, and odes, including Sonnet: To a Friend who asked how I felt when the Nurse first presented my Infant to me, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale, The Pains of Sleep, To William Wordsworth, Youth and Age, and many more.All are reprinted from an authoritative edition published by Oxford UniversGreat title poem plus "Kubla Khan," "Christabel," and twenty more sonnets, lyrics, and odes, including Sonnet: To a Friend who asked how I felt when the Nurse first presented my Infant to me, Frost at Midnight, The Nightingale, The Pains of Sleep, To William Wordsworth, Youth and Age, and many more.All are reprinted from an authoritative edition published by Oxford University Press. Includes alphabetical lists of titles and first lines....

Title : The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems Reviews

  • Nick Black
    2019-02-28 04:42

    Top eight (top ten, but in octal) ways to announce general failure to the surrounding area at work (back before telecommuting paradise anyway, w00t):8) The plane has hit the fucking mountain!7) I wish someone knew how computers worked around here6) lpt0: printer on fire5) Mr. McKitchrick, after careful consideration, I think our system: sucks4) We're gonna need a bigger boat!3) OH SHIT THERE'S A HORSE IN THE HOSPITAL2) FUCK ME THE RINGBUFFER IS FULL...and the number one way to let people know things are fubar...1) "What's that look on your face?" "I believe we've shot the ALBATROSS."usually followed by "what's the albatross?" and a rough "First off it's ALBATROSS, second off go to school, third for the love of god, fiend, cease plaguing me thus lest many men so beautiful dead lie" but by that time they've wisely departed.(references: big lebowski / homespun / linux kernel source code / wargames / jaws / dr. octagon / reflex interceptor source code / RotAM)

  • LunaticBookLover
    2019-03-14 06:42

    It was ok, the poems are from a different era, so it was hard for me to grasp. But some of them were decent.

  • Vitani Days
    2019-03-02 07:47

    Sempre un piacere rileggere Coleridge, ed è ancor più piacevole scoprire la sua poesia oltre alla Ballata del Vecchio Marinaio. "Christabel", per esempio, è un capolavoro.Coleridge si conferma poeta dal verso di pennello, sembra continuamente di inuamente di vedere tra le righe un dipinto preraffaelita o i quadri di Caspar Friedrich.Di un'eleganza squisita, senza pari, poesie intense e commoventi che non sbavano di un millimetro, a tratti visionarie e scure. Dipinge la Natura con parole che nessun altro mai, a volte la lascia fondersi col soprannaturale con delicatezza e garbo, senza scossoni. Spettacolo.Indubbiamente sempre un Maestro.

  • Sparrow
    2019-03-11 05:39

    I found this in front of a brownstone in Park Slope. It’s published by Dover, which is good karma, and the print is nice and big. I am finally ready (at the age of 62) for Samuel Taylor! He is so weird! He’s a clergyman; he’s a pagan; he’s a 14-year-old girl. These pieces are semi-improvised; he wasn’t a poet, he was a “freestyle rapper,” 120 years early. My favorite piece, I think, is the Gothic “Lady Geraldine.” He can be as creepy as Poe!And will your mother pity me, Who am a maiden most forlorn?Christabel answered – Woe is me!She died the hour that I was born.I have heard the gray-haired friars tellHow on her death-bed she did say,That she should hear the castle-bellStrike twelve upon my wedding-day.[That’s from “Christabel.”] I wonder why he stopped writing poems, basically, after his youth? It’s a shame. He’s having a lot more fun than Wordsworth or Keats. I guess he was content to invent Romanticism, then go back to writing slightly cracked sermons.

  • Ira Bespalova
    2019-03-12 08:35

    The poem itself is about a Mariner who is telling his tale of sin and forgiveness by God. The Mariner is supposedly responsible for the death of all of the crew on his ship because of his killing of a creature(Albatross) which was to bring them the wind that they needed to put power into the sails of the ship. The whole point of the poem is to encourage or convince the reader to believe the tale that Coleridge tells.A wonderfully written story! Having finished this short poem I felt an urgent need to help someone or do something for the sake of the humankind... That's how Coleridge influenced me.

  • Po Po
    2019-03-23 12:50

    I find this work very stiff. It doesn't take literary risks. It's straight-forward, dour, devoid of humor.The technical skill set you'd expect from a classic poet is here. So, yes, technically, this is excellent. But some of these poems seem to be missing the crucial emotional element.My favorite poems are "Christabel", "Lewti", and "Fears in Solitude", "Love", "The Pains of Sleep" and "Dejection: An Ode." These are the ones that seemed the most heartfelt and the least contrived.

  • Mary Ozbolt
    2019-03-12 06:39

    The Ancient Mariner and Christabel are two of my all time favorite poems, so I really enjoyed studying them as touchstones of Romanticism and exhibitions of gothicism and medievalism in my Brit lit 2 class.

  • Richard
    2019-02-23 05:43

    Albatross Hunters of the CaribbeanThis is a very long poem about a group of men who set off without a sat-nav system to *spoiler alert* shoot an albatross. They know this is a bad idea, but they do it anyway. The man who eventually shoots the albatross is cunningly referred to as “the Ancient Mariner” (the AM) to ensure that the name of his family is not brought into disrepute. Having shot the bird, the soul of the AM is doomed to wander the earth, gate-crashing weddings and scaring the guests. In the film Pirates of the Caribbean, the albatross is replaced with a cursed chest full of Aztec gold. The AM is reincarnated as a group of zombie pirates who roam the earth retrieving the gold. This makes more sense than the albatross hunting, which is a comparatively thin premise to set off on a potentially treacherous journey. So thin, in fact, that I am prepared to admit that I may have my facts mixed up.You read it when? About 25 years agoImpact rating: 4 out of 10 (I can quote excerpts from this poem, but not with certainty.)

  • Greg Brozeit
    2019-03-10 10:41

    “Water, water, every where,Nor any drop to drink.”I think the first time I read this verse in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was when I began to understand the concept of poetry. An old sailor holds up a wedding guest to tell the story of an ill-fated voyage that he believes he cursed. Truly one of the important works of English literature. The concluding verse; the description of how the wedding guest was moved by the story, is worth remembering even for those who won’t read it:“He went like one that hath been stunned,And is of sense forlorn:A sadder and a wiser man,He rose the morrow morn.”The other selections, including the opium-inspired Kubla Khan, are not as memorable.

  • Lisa Cook
    2019-03-10 08:37

    One of the staples of European Romanticism. This poem is haunting in a lot of ways. Its Romantic elements are incredible and it's worth reading just because of the incredible number of times this poem is alluded to, probably Frankenstein being my personal favorite. (As a child, Mary Shelley got to listen to Coleridge deliver a reading in her own home - I'm so freakin' jealous...)Anyway, short anecdote that makes me laugh:When I asked a fellow teacher friend of mine to describe this poem in a nutshell, her response was "Albatrosses be cray cray." Hilarity ensues.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-24 12:33

    This is more of a musing than a review! It was nice to revisit these poems that I probably haven't read in full for many years. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is especially dear to me since I remember discussing it after a first read with my grandma who had read it while she was in school. There was something fantastic about that. I enjoyed rereading the other poems as well and be able to look at them in a different light than when I was 17. I knew there was a reason I had kept this on my shelf!

  • David
    2019-03-19 11:49

    Wordsworth = namby-pamby, insipid, pompous, daffodil-snorter.Coleridge rocks, though he did have a substance abuse problem.

  • Sonja Trbojevic
    2019-02-26 04:44

    Agree with David's review

  • Annamariah
    2019-02-21 05:55

    'Why look'st thou so?' – With my cross-bowI shot the Albatross.I was brought here by Donald Duck. Or rather the two masters of duck comics, Carl Barks and Don Rosa. I have only recently begun reading poetry, and so far I have only chosen stuff I have heard of before. The reason I wanted to read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was the classic Donald Duck story The Not-So-Ancient Marinerby Carl Barks. After I had picked up this collection from the library, I noticed that it also includes a poem called Kubla Khan, which is quoted in Don Rosa's Return to Xanadu. Never say you can't learn things from comic books!While I was not that impressed by Christabel (I don't like unfinished things - I really wish there had been an ending!), reading it helped me understand some Nightwish lyrics (“Oh, sweet Christabel. Share with me your poem. / For I know now, I’m a puppet on this silent stage show. / I’m but a poet who failed his best play. / A Dead Boy, who failed to write an ending / To each of his poems.”) That is not the only reference to Coleridge in Nightwish songs, by the way. It's always nice when you read new things and recognise allusions you never noticed before. Gotta love intertextuality.My favourite of the conversation poems was Fears in Solitude, which is apparently often considered the weakest of the bunch. I found Coleridge's pacifism and critique of the British Empire rather interesting. Of the other poems, I liked A Christmas Carol and Youth and Age. I also enjoyed An Ode to the Rain, which I found hilarious: The poet is begging the rain to stop so that he could get rid of some esteemed guests who have overstayed their welcome.A dear old Friend e'en now is here,And with him came my sister dear;After long absence now first met,Long months by pain and grief beset--We three dear friends! in truth, we groanImpatiently to be alone. (...)In short, as soon as it is day,Do go, dear Rain! do go away.The ideals of romanticisms can be clearly seen in Coleridge's poetry, especially in his descriptions of nature. As a whole, I gave the collection three stars. While I enjoyed some of the poems, I found it hard to concentrate properly on others. In general, I liked the narrative ones and the poems with pacifist ideals the best.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-15 04:52

    I first decided to enjoy this little book I had owned for many years because I read a book about the mutiny on the Bounty. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, living around that time frame, was supposed to have an opinion on the event which he expressed in his poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. I found his poem was able to transcend the event and express the human tendency to make a mess of things yet to find redemption follows recognition of the wrong one has committed (much more rare- people tend to instantaneously see wrong in their fellow man yet overlook their own faults.). There are several other important poems in this little reproduction, one being the poem “Kubla Khan” about the allure as well as the danger of exotic places.

  • Alina
    2019-02-27 09:42

    Favorites:The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Christabel The Raven

  • Laurel
    2019-02-25 08:38

    I enjoyed The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan - these are poems I could follow. The others were a bit more convoluted and I struggled to understand them.

  • Paul Peterson
    2019-03-01 08:57

    Maybe it's because I'm not a big poetry fan, maybe it's because I'm sick at the time.

  • Karl Vicente
    2019-03-01 11:34

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Christabel deserve 5 stars, but there are 31 other poems in this book.

  • Joanne Valiukas
    2019-02-26 05:46

    My father and I had little in common throughout my life and though he has now passed on, the one thing we did have that I will always recall with fondness was a passion for this particular poem (which he could quote at will) and of course some of Tennyson's works, which I will comment on elsewhere. How is it possible that a poem can transcend the emotions and carry one away to the beat of iambic pentametre? I'm not sure but what I do know is that this is what it does for me...out on the lonely ocean with only an albatross for company. Why do we always destroy what is good? Hmmm...methinks that the drugs Coleridge indulged in actually gave him clarity of thought because deep within the words lies a philosophy that is all too sad and all too valid. A great read...try just might like it.

  • Faith Bradham
    2019-03-03 12:31

    (Ignore the part that says "and Other Poems". I couldn't find an edition with just The Rime in it.) I recently read this for a second time for my British Literature class. The first time I read it I believe I was 13 or so, and didn't like it at all... but then I didn't like most poetry then. The second time around I enjoyed it very much. Coleridge can tend to the melodramatic side of poetry, but he keeps himself reined in here. The rhyme scheme is particularly delightful, especially with the word repetition - instead of letting his verse get monochromatic, he keeps it lively and delicious to the tongue.

  • Kathy Williams
    2019-03-02 09:51

    Ok, I remember just cracking up in high school reading the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. This poor bridegroom just wants to get to his wedding! Just STOP TELLING INTERESTING STORIES!!! Very Echo and Hera. So I was super psyched when a friend lent me "...and other poems". And I open it and discover this: "to the author of the robbers" What does it mean?!? I have to get ready to go! I can't do anything until I find out what the the robbers is!! It's a play? Is he laughing at Schilling for being dramatic?!? I can't find anyone discussing this diddy online! I'm now super late and I haven't even started getting ready! Well played, Coleridge. You ancient mariner-ed me.

  • Roberta
    2019-03-06 04:36

    Coleridge is very wordy and expansive, as befits his era of poetic writing. I couldn't relate to most of his topics, so I cannot say much. The poem 'Cologne' is a nice little rhyme about the smells of the city, and 'Fears in Solitude' has some important anti-war thoughts.'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', which is the reason I read this, is a lovely narrative poem, though a little too spiritualistic for me. Douglas Adams borrowed heavily from it in the writing of 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency', and that added to its appeal for me.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-02 12:39

    A book for a day such as this, when the hail and rain batters the windows and pulls at the bare tree branches; a dramatic background to a collection of works which contain stories and twisting words, which take the reader far from themselves. It's hard to describe Coleridge, only that reading more about him does cast an interesting light onto his poetry. There's lines which stick out to me, ideas which jump from the pages and this is a bulk of poems to be revisited, again and again, promising something new each time.

  • Charlotte
    2019-02-24 07:49

    Read all the poems in this book but The Rime of The Ancient Mariner was my favourite. Its a very long poem, however I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The use of metaphors throughout is amazing and the style is brilliant. I really enjoyed the idea and the plot of the mariner retelling his terrible sea journey. I read this book for an exam for A-Level but have since revisted it and read it again and still thoroughly enjoy it.

  • Hilary
    2019-03-17 06:38

    I would give "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" or "Kubla Kahn" five stars easily, but a lot of the poetry in the book beyond that didn't do much for me. Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a brilliant writer of the more supernaturally minded poems, and his verses of love are generally rather good. Personally, I'm a bit uncomfortable reading this, as I really haven't a lot of experience with anything beyond the epic poems.

  • Anum
    2019-02-25 09:38

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of my favourite poems. Other poems I have had the pleasure of reading by S. T. Coleridge are Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight and Cristabel. I like the former two but was not very keen on Cristabel. Anyhow, his ideas are very interesting asnd the elements of the romantic era are both present and rather pleasing in his poems. I hope to find time to read more of his poems in the future.

  • Robby Hunter
    2019-03-05 10:48

    This was my introduction to Samuel "The Rambler" Coleridge. He's so good! I really love Frost at Midnight, and Something Childish, but Very Natural. Boy o boy; I like his whimsical meter and his straightforwardness. O and of course Rime of the Ancient Mariner is brilliant, although the plot baffles me."He prayeth best, who loveth bestAll things both great and small"[Keats is still my favorite of the Romantics tho]

  • Tyrannosaurus regina
    2019-02-27 05:51

    Coleridge was my first favourite poet. He hasn't held the position in perpetuity, but when I first really started reading poetry, in high school, Xanadu was just about my favourite thing ever. That was also when I discovered Dover Thrift Editions, which I could actually afford to own in HS and uni. This book is well loved and many times read, but it's hard to get tired of it.

  • Draven
    2019-03-05 07:35

    Not my fav work of poetry but I just wanted to take the time to state that I think Coleridge was/is underrated. I know that sounds silly considering he's widely recognized as a literary great but by comparison to the fanfare (exagerrated in my opinion)received by his contemporary, Wordsworth, Coleridge has been underappreciated, most unjustly so.