Iron Maiden’s heavy metal version of Coleridge’s poem “The Rhime of the Ancient Mariner” bares the characteristics of romantic poetry. It does so by having an emphasis on the imagination and emotions, which is a common theme across romanticism. How it does this is through the interpretation that the band took of the song. Where many people read the poem as a blissful and calm piece of literature, Maiden puts their unique emphasis on a rhythmic quality of the song that evokes an enthusiastic sound. However, during the second part of the song, at 5:54 of the song slows down and with a ghostly whisper we are told that:

‘One after one by the star dogged moon
Too quick for groan or sigh
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang
And cursed me with his eye
Four times fifty living men
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump
They dropped down one by one.’

During this shift of the song, I can’t bring myself to describe it as anything but romanticism. The sound of the song, and the slowing down of the instrumental evokes eerie emotions within the listener. The imagination of the reader is then welcomed to venture, and to envision. Like romanticism, this shift in the song is a gateway to transcendent experience.
-Beyanira Bautista


2 thoughts on “

  1. The most original idea in the post is that Iron Maiden put their own twist on the poem while staying true to the poem. I think the post could be improved by explaining what type of eerie emotions the song evokes for you and why those emotions are evoked over others. You have a good starting point I would like to see more about how the song is a gateway to a transcendent experience.


  2. Great blog post! The original idea of this blog post is the heavy metal song emphasis the imaginations and emotions of the poem. I think the way the blog post can be improved is by having more connections between the song and the text. Overall a great blog post that emphasis rhythm and change.


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