Rime of the Ancient Mariner Study Guide
Terms in this set (40)
What aspect of the mariner seems to cast a spell over the wedding guest?
The glittering eye of the mariner
Why does the ship sail to "the land of ice and fearful sounds"
There was a storm by the south pole that drove it there
How many sailors are on the ship and what direction is it going?
201 men, they were headed north toward the land of mist and snow
What is being compared in the extended simile? "With sloping masts and dipping prow, as who pursued with yell and blow still treads the shadow of his foe, and forward bends his head, the ship drove fast loud roared the blast, and southward aye we fled."
An enemy and their foe
"With sloping masts and dipping prow, as who pursued with yell and blow still treads the shadow of his foe, and forward bends his head, the ship drove fast loud roared the blast, and southward aye we fled."
An enemy and their foe
How does the coming of the albatross apparently affect the ship's course?
The ice split and the new wind came
What did the albatross do?
It followed the ship as it returned northward through fog and floating ice as a good omen
Why do the mariner's shipmates first condemn his killing of the albatross, then approve of it?
At first they thought he killed the bird of good luck, and then the fog cleared
Later, why do they hang it on his neck?
He gets blamed for the lack of water, and the spirit that put a plague on them. I think that this symbolized guilt
What does this line mean? "Instead of the cross the Albatross about my neck was hung"
I think that the Albatross symbolizes pride, but also his sins. But now that it's around his neck, it is like he is completely chained to it, and can never get away from it.
As the albatross begins to be avenged, what effects are seen in the natural world?
A fleck in the sky that was death, wind stopped, ocean turned green, white and slimy things came up from the sea.
What do the sailors think is haunting them?
One of the invisible inhabitants of the planet neither departed souls nor angels
As a ship nears, how does the mariner manage to cry out? What two things did the ghost ship first appear as?
He cuts his arm and drinks his blood, and the boat keeps moving without wind or tide "skeleton of a ship"
Describe the appearance of its crew and their effect on the mariner and his companions.
Only two are on the skeleton ship. They are death, and life-in-death, The woman had red lips, she has a sense of freedom about her, and her hair was yellow, and she had very white skin
Who was the "spectre-bark"
The ship with death life-in-death on it
What happens when death wins a soul? What happens when life-in-death wins a soul?
The person dies. The person will live forever and be tortured and wish that they were dead.
What happens when life-in-death whistles three times?
The moon comes out and if they look at it they are cursed and die.
Explain the following quote "I looked upon the rotting sea, and drew my eyes away; I looked upon the rotting deck, and there the dead men lay."
The mariner is unable to look away from the corpses.
At this point, why is the wedding guest suddenly fearful? How does the mariner reassure him?
The guest thinks that the spirit is talking to him, and the mariner tells him his body dropped not down, which meant he wasn't the only one to live.
How long does the mariner suffer "Alone on a wide, wide sea" and under whose curse?
Seven days and seven nights under the curse of life in death: an orphan's curse, he wants to die but can't and his dead crew watches him
What act finally enables the mariner to pray? Was it spontaneous or a premeditated decision? What happened the same minute the mariner could pray?
Watching the snakes and blessing them and their beauty and happiness. He was unaware of doing this. The albatross left him.
How many days did the Mariner see the curse in the sailor's eyes?
7 days and 7 nights
How does nature reflect the change in the mariner?
The albatross fell from his neck and in his dream he had it rain and it did when he woke up
What happens when the mariner wakes up from his dream?
What is unusual about the rain?
There was only one rain cloud above his head and the moon was out, but it's not supposed to rain when the moon is out
What happened to the sailors during the rain? What did the spirits start to do? What happened at dawn?
The spirits occupy them, and do their jobs, and at dawn the spirits leave through their mouths
What happens when the souls leave?
There is a beautiful sound heard
Now that he has dripped the guilty weight of the albatross, is the mariner forgiven and released from suffering? Explain.
No he is not forgiven because the albatross did nothing to him and did not deserve to die but he still shot it and killed it.
At what point in the journey is the curse dispelled?
When the mariner wakes up from a trance, the crew gets up
What finally happens to the ship, and how is the mariner saved?
The ship moves softly and smoothly and the mariner sees his country and the lighthouse. The ship sinks but he is saved by the pilots boat
Explain extended simile: "I never saw aught like to them, unless perchance it were brown skeletons of leaves that lag my forest brook along; when the ivy-tod is heavy with snow, and the owlet whoops to the wolf below, that eats the she-wolf's young."
The sails are being compared to the dead leaves
Why is the pilot's boy frightened?
He thinks the mariner is the devil
What happens to the ship?
The ship sinks
What service does the hermit perform?
Abridges him and the mariners penance of life falls on him
When the hermit asked the mariner who he was what happened?
The mariner immediately felt agony throughout his body and body and then he was forced to tell his tale
What is the mariners final doom or sentence?
He must travel from land to land and teach what he learned and it is that you must love all gods creatures and he knows immediately who needs to hear his story
What strange power does he have?
The strange power of speech in which the moment someone sees his face they must listen to hi
How does the mariner's tale affect the wedding guest?
They walk away stunned and feel sad but much wiser
What is the theme(s) of this poem?
that you must love all of gods creatures or you will pay the price of your crime
What might the albatross have symbolized in Coleridge's own life?
guilt, pain with wife, addiction to drugs
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