Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” apart from telling a fantastically ghostly tale, is an English ballad. When one thinks of ballads, they think of catchy pop music, but in the realm of poetry is seen more so as a long narrative, or story, told through a poem. Thus, this poem was ready for the, shall we say, ‘musical taking’, or adaptation. The content of the poem really does belong more so in popular culture. One can read the poem and think, it is a long drawn out poem of the Mariners unfortunate voyage. However, if one pays attention to popular culture, this poem has influenced so many works, from Pirates of the Caribbean, to music like, Iron Maiden’s adaptation of the poem. The Mariner is a sad and older man who goes around the world telling his tale, to make it known. Iron Maiden’s adaptation than can be accepted as an extension of the Mariner telling his tale, it exceedingly makes sense in my mind.
As to whether it is romantic literature, I vehemently believe that it is. In “Lyrical Ballads”, William Wordsworth states, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”. Now, it could be argued that under this definition of poetry by the well-known romantic poet, most music could be placed under the genre. Iron Maiden’s adaptation is simply the retelling of the Mariner’s emotional voyage and expressing their own overflow of powerful feelings. Thus, it can be said in conclusion, that Iron Maiden’s retelling of romantic poetry, is an expression of their emotion, and thus romantic within itself.