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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by [Doré, Gustave, Coleridge, S.T.]
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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Length: 77 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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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)

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A beautifully illustrated edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic Romantic poem

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3392 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (21 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M2625QM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,099,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 16 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
And all the boards did shrink. Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink." These famous lines, like the opening lines of Coleridge's Kubla Khan, are often quoted, but I sometimes wonder if the people who quote them have read this wonderful poem. The poem is full of mystery and horror, from the Mariner stopping the wedding guest, to the incident w/ the albatros, to the gambling of Death and Death-In-Life... I could go on and on. The language is so rich, and the poet's comments make the content more clear for anyone who becomes confused. The illustrations of this edition are beautiful and definately complement the text. This is a haunting poem that you will want to read again and again. If you have not read it before, do yourself a favor and find a copy.
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Rating

I am giving The Rime of the Ancient Mariner a solid 5/5 stars

Genre

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is classic poetry

About the Book

This book is a poem about, what seems to be, zombie mariners and the story of how they turned that way and the things that happened afterwards.

Why did I choose this book to read?

I love classics and I love poetry. I remember reading this, very vaguely, when I was back in secondary school in my first year, and I loved it then so I wanted to read it again and give it my full attention to read.

What did I think of it?

I seriously loved this. I read this when I wasn’t a great lover of poetry and loved it then and I love it again now.

Did I have any qualms with it?

Surprisingly, I have no qualms with this whatsoever. There was nothing that stopped me from fully enjoying this poem.

Would I recommend it and who to?

I would recommend this to anyone who loves poetry and classical. I want to also recommend this to anyone who sees this review, however, this is a wonderful piece and deserves so much more recognition. It's not hard to see why this became a classic.

Overall opinion

The words flow so simply and so easily over the pages, I was hooked and had finished it before I knew it. I think it took me about 15 minutes to finish this poem? It was spectacular. Coleridge’s control over language is stunning and it created vivid images in my head. I couldn’t get enough of it and I’m tempted to read it all again once I post this review. It was absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to read this numerous times over my life. I might actually read this once a month, I just love it so much.
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