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.