Iron Maiden’s version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is a depiction of Romantic poetry. However, when I first heard the music, I did not immediately consider it to be any sort of Romantic poetry. I was automatically disinterested because it is not the genre of music I normally listen to. Which is why it was important for me to separate the lyrics from the instrumentation in order to focus on the words. Once doing this, I found the lyrics had a deeper meaning that helped me see the connection to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
“The mariner’s bound to tell of his story
To tell this tale wherever he goes
To teach God’s word by his own example
That we must love all things that God made.”
These lines from Iron Maiden’s song portrays the natural and spiritual characteristics of Romantic poetry. Romantic poets had a great respect for the natural world and expressed interest in the supernatural or mystic worlds. Despite seeming very different than Coleridge’s poem, the only difference in Iron Maiden’s version is the way it is carried out. The Iron Maiden version of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” holds many characteristics of Romantic poetry, just in a more modern form that appeals to a different audience.