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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Complete, Authoritative Texts of the 1798 and 1817 Versions with Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical ... (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) Paperback – 2 Jun 1999


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (2 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333764501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333764503
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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"Astonishingly, the poem's spell doesn't seem to weaken over the years... The scenery remains thrillingly hellish, while laced with photographically realistic meteorological effects, and the narrative drive is irresistible" (Guardian)

"Some of his [Coleridge's] poems are indisputably great, and the greatest is probably 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'" (Daily Telegraph)

"The greatest sea poem in the language" (Jonathan Raban)

"The Poem contains many delicate touches of passion, and indeed the passion is every where true to nature, a great number of the stanzas present beautiful images, and are expressed with unusual felicity of language; and the versification, though the metre is itself unfit for long poems, is harmonious and artfully varied, exhibiting the utmost powers of that metre, and every variety of which it is capable" (William Wordsworth) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An entrancing, illustrated edition of one of the most celebrated poems of all time --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Proscarabaeus on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Quite apart from its subject, this is a very beautiful book and a joy to handle; Arcturus must be congratulated for offering this fine edition. It is somewhat larger than quarto, very well bound and printed in very clear type on a fine quality slightly ivory tinted paper. The engravings are very crisp and printed at full page size. Anyone coming to Gustave Dore's illustrations for the first time will be justifiably astonished. His breath-taking draughtsmanship and breadth of imagination perfectly complement Coleridges dark brooding gothic theme. I bought two copies - one for a Christmas present and one for myself. I intend to acquire also the edition of Paradise Lost which also has illustrations by Dore
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Clement on 27 Jan. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and have done ever since I read it at school. It's one of THE great horror poems, and though the language is antiquated, it isn't all flowery language for the joy of flowery language, but is a great, creepy story from 1798, written in the sort of rhythmic line that sounds like the waves on the sea and tells the story of the Mariner, cursed for shooting the Albatross that saved the ship, and damned to stay alive after his crew all die and, as living corpses (almost zombies) they sail the ship on which the Mariner is the only living being....

Most people read it at school, and if you haven't I can almost guarantee you'll recognise bits of it ("Water, water everywhere / Nor any drop to drink" ). If you can get past the language, the story is fantastic - and furthermore, if you're partial to a bit of Douglas Adams, read this and then read "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency". Cool, huh? And it's free too....

What's the downside? The downside is the formatting. As it says in the publisher's blurb, the text is converted to Kindle-form by volunteers and I suspect no-one's told them about the technicalities of Kindle. This version has the lines all running on from each other, which for a poem is not ideal - but then it does make it more book-like to look at, which is an interesting twist. Normally I'd object loudly about this but if you're not one for poetry, have a look at the sample and see - you may find it easier to get on with as it is.

And as always with poetry, it's good to read but it really comes alive when you read it aloud. You'll feel like a fool, but go hide in your room - read it with feeling and relish the words and you'll get it in full colour, I promise....

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By LhasaRainbows on 30 Sept. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
My son gave me a Kindle for my birthday and this was one of the first pieces I downloaded. Having read Coleridge`s tale of ancient torment revisited by the Mariner many years ago as part of an English Lit. course, it was wonderful to find it again, and to share the Tale, in all its dread and terror, here. If you have never read this, but are a fan of tales of mystery and wonder, this will certainly chill your blood!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I am thirteen and am studying this poem in class I decided to look at the poem by myself (as the class was proved insufficient) and wanted to find a free one.I was lucky enough to find one I checked it out and looked over the poem the poem it is a very good one and I would rate it four stars my only problem was the format as it was laid out like a book and the only thing that determined one stanza from another was a space or speech marks.That is my only critisism the parts were marked clearly and everythinbg else was fine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CatherineB on 30 Jun. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I downloaded the kindle version of this and the formatting was awful even for a free book. If you are looking for this poem for your kindle, go to the Project Gutenberg site - it's a much better-formatted version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Rime of the ancient mariner is a great classic of english poetry. This edition is very well done, fine paper, slightly yellow (old look). The printings of Gustave Doré are simply fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Bendle on 11 Jun. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Weird and eerie and unforgettable. Great illustrations too. Pass me the opium pipe, I want to write narrative poetry like this, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bizgen on 7 Nov. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was excited to get this as a free book. It has great sentimental value to me as my father used to recite it to me when I was a little girl. So at least, in this time of huge controversy about the pricing of e-books, here is a little gem - for free!
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