Headbanging in a Romantic way

Iron Maiden’s ode to The Rime of The Ancient Marinere mirrors the original poem in many ways. There are portions when they directly quote the poem. This direct quoting is sung by an aggressive and passionate  singer accompanied by very skilled musicians who play high tempo and energizing music. There also seems to be an urgency in the way the lead singer orates the tune. Though this song is full of emotion and definitely causes an emotional response from the listener. However, I do not believe the poem did The Ancient Marinere justice.    

The overall tone of The Ancient Marinere was somber and eerie. Iron Maidens portrayal is incredibly harsh and aggressive. With a fast guitar and hammering drums it gives you a feeling that you are in an action movie, not listening to romantic poetry. This may be the band’s interpretation of the tone. I believe it their song leaves room for only one interpretation of the song.The song does not do justice to the poem because there is no room for the listener to interpret their own feelings for the poem. The song is just the feelings and thoughts of the people in the band.

In contrast to Iron Maidens ode to romantic poetry there is Fleetwood Mac’s piece titled Albatross. This was written by Samuel Coleridge and is inspired by The Rime of The Ancient Marinere. This song is biggest selling rock instrumental of all time in the UK. The song has a continuous drum beat throughout the song accompanied by the light tapping of symbols, it’s almost ominous. There is also a very steady but structured guitar solo, the center of the song. In the background there is chimes from a second guitar. It fills you with a somber yet hopeful feeling. There is also no words in this song. I feel this is incredibly important because this song is pure emotion felt from reading the poem. The listener can identify with the emotion but can make their own opinion on what the meaning of the poem is to them.   

-Maya Gonzales


5 thoughts on “Headbanging in a Romantic way

  1. The most original idea is that Iron Maiden does not serve the poem well in that there they are stating that the poem does not reflect aggression or urgency. To better articulate your point it would be nice to have more textual evidence and also go into depth as to wha type of emotion and fellingt you think the poem is actually invoking to the reader. But also for a better analysis talk about what makes the song aggressive in the first place. For me I didn’t feel the song was aggressive but more chaotic and urgent as if being chased which seemed similar to the poem. If you could directly relate the tone of the song and maybe the tone shift as well with context to the poem I think that would better support your argument.


  2. I like how you have a different view of the song and how it does not portray the poem well. You didn’t see the poem as aggressive and urgent like the song is showing it as. You should go more in-depth about this and use textual evidence to back up your claims.


  3. Showing that the intent of the original work is not intended to be intense is a nice contrast. Thanks for keeping it short and sweeeet. Lol, just edit and make this a 3/3 now 😛

    Daniel Estrada

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  4. You disagree with Iron Maiden’s rendition of the poem and how the original poem is not aggressive. You should back up your claim using textual evidence from both sources, how is it not aggressive in the poem and what makes the song so aggressive?


  5. I think that it’s not necessarily true that the poem itself doesn’t channel “aggression” or “urgency.” I think it’s all how it’s delivered. I could totally see this being delivered in an impassioned, frenzied, half mad way. That being said, I think if you were to quote some section of the poem that seemed subdued and talk about how they are misrepresented in the song (and quote the way they are discussed, as well as the music in the song), then you could make that argument and I might buy it. 🙂


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