Everyone knows the poem, but not David Jones's Introduction to it, which is original and unacademic. But the photographically reproduced large copper-engravings are the main reason to own this book. They are very beautiful, spare, minimal, like Matisse drawings--surely the best illustrations of the poem ever (unless you really do admire the 19th-C Melodramatic-stage illustrations of Dore). Jones is a great poet in his own right--he wrote poems after illustrating Coleridge's poem--and you can see this in the original, subtle relationships between the engravings, which achieve their own significant structure, which compliments the poem. All this, including the brilliantly original relationship between engravings 4 (Death and Life-in-Death) and 5 (the Mariner about the bless the water snakes), is convincingly illuminated in the Afterword. Engraving 6 deserves special mention: with its lightning and tattered sails, it is weirdly uncannily lovely. Long after reading this book, you will want to return again and again to look at it.