Heavy Metal Disguised as Poetry

When reading the prompt for this weeks blog post I was filled with questions. I simply couldn’t think of ways the poem “The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere, In Seven Parts” and the heavy metal version “The Rime of Ancient Marinere” by Samuel Taylor would have any real connections. I was without a doubt wrong, they both capture the full effect of the poem and I claim the song actually helps bring the poem to life. When first reading the poem without listening to the song I did notice certain shifts and rhythms but the song only help emphasize this points. In particular the lines 57-68 “The Ice was here, the Ice was there, / The Ice was all around: / It crack’s and growl’d , and roar’s and how’ld– / Like noises of a swound. / At length did cross an Albatross, Thorough the Fog it came; / And an it were a Christian Soul, We hail’d it in God’sw name. / The Marineres gave it biscuit-worms, And round anad round it flew: / The Ice did split with a Thunder-fit; The Helmsman steer’s us thro. ” These lines became much more intense when rereading them after listening to the song. The song also help emphasis the rhythm and iambic pentameter meter in the poem. The poem also became much easier to follow since the song also has these qualities. The heavy metal also fits into the language of the poetry which heavy words such as “grorl’d” and “roar’s”. The song also helped illuminate the intensity of the way Christianity is mentioned. Though it may not seem like it this poem is very heavy metal even when talking about God.

-Alondra Morales Aguilar


3 thoughts on “Heavy Metal Disguised as Poetry

  1. I did not notice that the song helps emphasize the iambic pentameter of the poem. I would like to see more about how the poem fits the heavy metal theme, since it seems interesting to me and a very good perspective to go into. You could also mention the aspects that make Iron Maiden’s interpretation Romanticism poetry or not.


  2. Hi. I think it was very interesting that you mentioned that “the song also help emphasis the rhythm and iambic pentameter meter in the poem”. I think that this is important to bring up because often when we are reading literature to ourselves and not aloud we might not hear the shifts in sound. However, with the song we are almost forced to hear this which helps evoke sentiments within ourselves. I think that’s a huge part about romanticism. I think you could talk a little more about romanticism. Overall though, your blogpost made some good points.


  3. I found it interesting that listening to the song helped you understand the meter of the poem. Something you could further explore is the religious aspect of the song. You briefly mention the intensity of Christianity without really discussing. I feel like this would be an interesting topic to look further into, and doing this could help improve your blogpost.
    -Natalia Alvarado


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