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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge [Hardcover]

David Jones , Thomas Dilworth
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18 Sep 2005
Illustrated with ten copper engravings by the painter and poet David Jones (1895-1974). The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a masterpiece. First published in 1929, it was received by reviewers as the best illustration of Coleridge's poem. This edition contains 28 illustrations, disclosing the biographical context of the engravings, interpreting them, and exploring the form of the poem which may have influenced the engravings and has until now eluded Coleridge scholars.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Enitharmon Press; New Ed edition (18 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904634141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904634140
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 749,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The lost modernist, David Jones, a man whose allusive obscurity won him fans like Eliot and Auden."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Mariner 28 Oct 2005
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful illustrations for the ANCIENT MARINER 20 May 2014
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Love the poem and love David Jones' interpretation. I have several versions of the Ancient Mariner with different illustrators and this is one I had not seen before. I had just read his WW1 poem/memoir 'In Parenthesis', and remembered his paintings from the National collection in Cardiff, which is why I was interested and I am so glad to have bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ancient Mariner 19 Nov 2011
Fascinating book for me as I had not found the full text of David Jones' Introduction before, and my interest is mainly in him - apart from anything else, he was a friend of my father for 35 years. And his illustrations are well reproduced, as well as having some original and interesting comments by the editor, Thomas Dilworth. If one hasn't read the actual poem since youth, it's also good to catch up on that.
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