Hem of the Wearied Huntress

By: Amber Loper

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Part I

 

Here comes a wearied huntress

As though she’s drunk on ale

A lazy green eye stares at me

I quickly try to bale

 

She follows me out to my camp

At which I turn to say

‘What do you want? My food, my things

I’ve nothing for to pay’

 

‘No goods I need nor food to stomach

Of want I’m very little’

Then there she sat upon my log

Her bones frail and brittle

 

My tent stands perched between two trees

And sun is soon to set

A fire aflame and meal cooks there

This tale she’d here beget
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Rime of the Ancient Mariner: The Movie (TM)

Alejandro Joseph Serrano

Professor Garcia Productions.

English 102 Studios

8 May, 2019

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

[EXT. Dock of Maine– The sun is shining on a small town on the coast of Maine. Shops are open and the people lining the streets are enjoying the day. One man in a tuxedo, Steve Carell, is running down the street at breakneck speeds, stumbling over his new shoes. He eventually finds a store, WEDDING GIFTS INC. Just as he is about to enter, a man in wretched, ragged clothing (Jim Carrey) makes his way out of an alley and they both lock eyes.]

 

Jim- HEY! YOU THERE! WHAT THE HELL ARE YA DOIN?

Steve- What the-

[Steve gets decked in the face by Jim, knocking him unconscious. When Steve wakes up, we find him lying face up on a bench covered in a mangy blanket. Next to him we see Jim rummaging through a full trash can.]

Steve- What the…

Jim- AH! You’re Awake! Well get ready for storytime, sleepy head, cuz you’re in for a real doozy!

Steve- … What the hell is going on here? I was just about to grab a gift for my daughter’s wedding when you just beat the hell out of me for no reason!

Jim- Well, I wouldn’t say it was for no reason whatsoever. I’d say it was from God’s good graces that I smacked you around for a bit, cuz now I’m gonna tell you a delightful story of why the hell I’m here!

Steve- Oh dear God please don’t tell m-

Jim- It all started long ago…

[Transition from a closeup of Jim Carrey’s face where he looks like a decrepit old man and show him where he’s more middle aged. His clothes turn into those of a sailor, and he looks like he is about to set sail for one of his last major travels across the open sea.]

Jim [Narration]- I was but a younger version of me before I made my way upon the open sea. This was supposed to be my last job on deck, and then I could finally retire. [Camera pans to an older ship that looks like it would fall under the weight of the wind.] Everyone on that ship was prepared to make it across the arctic sea and make it back before anyone could sleep a wink;  but that’s when things started to get gnarly bad!

[Transition to Carrey boarding the ship, and the next shot is of the ship stuck square in the middle of the ocean, no wind in the sky and very little oil in the rig. Jim and the Crew are stuck as far as they can tell. Pan to Jim’s face overlooking the ocean.]

Jim [Narration]- It was all supposed to go so well, but sometime’s things don’t go the way as plan. I remember the crew getting so pent up about the situation that they took a lousy albatross as a sigh of good hope. Now, I won’t lie to you and say that was one smarter ideas the crew had, but I had had my fill of that nonsense and took matters into my own hands. [Shot of Carrey shooting the albatross] But I guess the crew had to have been a little right, because what happened next was really nasty. There was a fog that engulfed our ship, and we couldn’t see farther than a few feet around the ship, but we did see one ship in the distance, and it stank rank of the supernatural…

………………………………

I wanted to do a movie script of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner because I felt that the source material itself would really lend itself into a style that could really be exciting to see on the big screen. In scenes were the crew is stranded on the sea, the shots that could be done could really accentuate the feelings of claustrophobia when they are stranded in the fog of the sea, or how when they encounter Death and Life After Death the costumes and the actors could really do a fantastic job in bringing to life the full dreadfulness of the situation. Although my script focuses mainly on the less that exciting introduction of the poem, I feel like my interpretation really brings more audience investment when we see how the wacky tale of the Mariner begins; instead of just walking up and talking to the wedding goer, I thought it’d be more interesting if maybe the Mariner actually kidnaps him so that he can tell the tale. I also like to think that my faster pace within the script helps the audience get the the deeper substances within the source material, where later there will be extended scenes about how the crew dies suddenly and how they come back to life with the help of angels to steer the ship again. My interpretation is pretty effective in trying to get the poetic nature of the piece to really stick out more for the audience so that they can really see the amazing details that are within the poem. It is also important to note that my casting choices of Jim Carrey as the Ancient Mariner and Steve Carrel as the Wedding Goer are the best choices as Jim has pretty surprising range when it comes to more serious films and Steve is able to pull off the confusion on the part so well as he’s done many films where he finds himself in weird predicaments. This film is gonna rock everyone to the core, and I hope everyone enjoys it. Thank you and have a nice day.

Alejandro Joseph Serrano

Rime of The Wiser Professor

Creative Project:

Said he to the students entering—

Facing all of sixty seats:

“Charmed to greet you, ye who enter,

Praise be unto those who brave these 18th-century seas!”

But whoa, oh alas!

How he beckoned in vain,

Casting down forlorn students

With a mandated 15% participation grade.

So little he asked,

And yet so outwardly they grieved

Eyes downcast upon the floor, one failed quiz followed another,

From those unfortunate enough to have forgotten to read

O! trembled it did, his forsaken heart!

To witness their great collapse,

Each student, vigorless and vacant of interlude

Fallen wordlessly into terminal relapse

They lie silent in every row, careening the time

As their eyes glazed over in weariness, each grade paid its toll;

Like Death wrapped in lyrical hymns—while their professor requested very little—

CatCourses demanded their souls.

“Cursed am I!” The sore professor wept.

“Like the undead, they sit and they wallow!

I bring them tea and satire and metal,

Yet, their very understanding of what it means to be here—to be alive— appears too difficult to swallow!”

And yet, marched onward he did through an unresponsive scene;

Cursing the monotonous hues—

The purples, the greens, and the blues—

All glistening on the projector screen.

Inspired by the Romantics (and perchance Sir William Blake)

The professor sought refuge in the outdoors

And with sordid groans and unsightly quakes

Did each student arise from their throne of unrest beyond the door

Trembling was he,

As he witnessed their final claims

Like music each volunteered some insightful counterpoint

Proposing his own unrest as idleness and misunderstanding of their ways

“O! By the humanities!” Did the professor croak,

Gazing with bereavement in the cup of black tea in his hands,

“How peculiar it is, that they seem so averse to reading,

To fulfill their contract’s demands?

“They see not the sunlight glistening, nor the ducks over yonder…

They notice not the effort required— that I supply—

For the creation of such presentations.

Still their attention lay somewhere beyond here.

“And still I stand patient,

Perhaps the wiser for having waited

As they come crawling, evermore frequent,

With their begging: ‘Have mercy upon those who knew so little before!’”

Reflection:

To start: Yes, this poem was intended to sound extremely bitter.

This was my attempt at a lyrical ballad. Specifically, it is a recreation of Samuel Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The purpose of this project was to utilize the presence of “zombies” within Coleridge’s poem as a reflection of the attitude of many at the start of the semester. It would be accurate to say that this poem exploits the expectations of the student with respect to those of the professor; in simpler terms, I think that more appreciation ought to be expressed towards those who do as much as possible to provide us the best education they can. Moreover, where there is often a discrepancy between the relationship of the teacher and the student, it is easy to place blame on the wiser when one chooses not to participate in self-reflection.

-Savie Luce

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I remember the day we pretended to be sailors, we had just gotten the pool from Walmart and spent all day putting it together. We bought floaties shaped like ships and water guns to shoot the pirates from stealing our booty. We spent all day in the water, swimming and laughing on the hottest day of summer. Everyone in the neighborhood would come to our house since we were the only one who had a pool. It was cool to have so many friends until the bird decided to come and play. She would never leave us alone, always squawking at us, mocking me anytime I tried to shoo her away. Everyone else thought she was neat but all she did was distract everyone from playing with me. The day she made me fall chasing her was the day I knew I had enough. I knew the water guns were not enough, but Daddy left his toy in the garage. He promised that he would teach me. But I thought maybe, if I could shoot the bird, he would be impressed and so would all my friends. I ran into the house and into the garage, Mommy was just sitting on the couch like she always does with her colorful drinks that she never lets me try. I have seen Daddy put the numbers in many times that I made a little rhyme:

“One plus two plus one is 4 but one plus two is not”

It sat there shining against the spooky white light, asking me to pick it up with my warm hands because it was cold. I went back outside and showed it off, but all my friends were not impressed. They rolled their eyes and said I was dumb, that I didn’t know how to use it, the I was just a little boy. I got mad, I had to prove them wrong, show them that I am a man, like Daddy. I did everything Daddy showed me and then I saw her, sitting by the side of the pool. Everyone was laughing at me, but she was taunting me, mocking me for not knowing what I was doing. I yelled and pointed it right at her telling her to stop, but she would not listen.

Pop

I opened my eyes and saw two black dots around her. Everyone else was running away but she sat so still, so calm. Mommy came outside and yelled

“What have you done?”

She started to cry as she held you close. But we were just pretending to be sailors. You wanted to be the annoying parrot. I told you to stop, that a parrot couldn’t stop the pirates. But you didn’t listen.

Red and blue lights flashed everywhere, and Daddy was there but he was not impressed. He was very sad like Mommy. I didn’t understand. I thought you would be okay. But Daddy’s toy was not a toy. I’m sorry that I didn’t know Sissy, I didn’t know.

Review:

For this parody, I choose to do a modern adaptation of Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by focusing on some of the themes it presents. To begin, I decided to take on the speaker of a little boy who is jealous that his sister has more of the attention than he does. This speaks to both his and the Mariner’s cardinal sin of greed which causes them to seek out personal agendas. I choose to represent the sister as the bird/ Albatross where the brother’s greed for attention get the better of him. In doing so, it creates a shock factor when revealed. In addition to this, the two black dots are meant to be representative of Death and Life-in-Death deciding the fate of the little boy.

What perhaps is the big takeaway is the combo for the lock storing the gun. Usually when setting locks, we relate it to a date. The date chosen was 12/14/12 which is the day that the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting took place. Why this matter is where the modern adaptation comes in. Currently, our society is in a divide on regulations relating to possession of fire arms and the Second Amendment. This is one view of why there needs to be better regulation in the selling and storage of guns. We find cases of children getting ahold of these weapons more and more common which I felt attributed to the themes present in the poem. In addition, I wanted to stress that negligent parents play a role in what led to the conclusion by painting the mother as an alcoholic. This helped to create an element of realism as well as offer a glance at issues plaguing our society though these universal themes and the perspective of a child.

 

-Xotchitl Garibay

Rime of the Ancient Examiner

Part I

It is an ancient examiner
And he stops one of three
By the long absent gaze and baggy eyes
Now where will they stop me?

The lecture hall doors are opened wide,
And I am next to speak;
The students are met, the exam is set:
I hear the quiet sobs.

He holds them with his elderly hand,
“there was a study guide” quoth he.
‘hold off! Don’t start, round sadistic fool!’
His hand dropt he.

He holds them with his glittering eye—
The anxious student stood still,
And listens like a three years child:
The examiner hath his will.

The quivering student sat on the chair:
He cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright-eyed examiner.

The study room cheered, the library cheered,
Merrily did we drop
Below the lane, below the hill,
Below the new beginnings top.

The sun came up upon the left,
Out of the exam room came he!
And he stood dark, and on the right
Went down into the d.c.

Lower and lower everyday,
Till over the bridge at noon—
The miserable student here beat his breast
For he heard the tears monsoon.

The TA hath paced into the hall,
Red as a rose is she;
Nodding their heads before her goes
The nervous examinee.

The anxious student he beat his breast,
Yet he cannot choose but hear;
And thus spake on that ancient man,
The bright eyed examiner.

And now the panic attack came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his breathtaking wings,
And drained brain chemicals along.

With sloping shoulders and dipping heads,
As who pursued with darkness and confusion
Still treads the shadow of his delusion,
And forward bends his head,
The hope not redeemed, loud roared the screams,
And towards quizlet aye we fled.

And now there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wonderous cold:
And ice, ankle high, came floating by,
As blue as the blue and gold.

And through the drifts the snowy clifts
Did send a dismal sheen:
Nor shapes of A’s nor B’s were ken—
The fear was all between.

The stress was here, the stress was there,
The stress was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound!

At length did cross a PALs boss,
Through the fog he came;
As if he had been a Christian soul,
We hailed him in God’s name.
He taught the material we ne’er had grasp,
And through the guide he flew.
The depression did split with a THC hit;
The mentor helped us through!

And a good quizlet sprung up behind;
The PALs boss did follow,
And every day, for food or an A,
Came to the examiner’s hollo!

In mist or cloud, on grass or shroud,
He perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog smoke white,
Glimmered the white moon shine.

‘God save thee, ancient professor!’
From the fiends that plague thee thus!—
Why look’st thou so?’—With my copy of the exam answers
I outsmarted the PALs boss.

My parody of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner focuses on the modern day pressures surrounding midterms and finals for a college student. I focused it at UC Merced because it is familiar to me. I made some very specific stylistic choices when creating my parody. The first choice I had to make was whether or not to translate it into modern language. I ended up deciding not to do that for two reasons; first, the original language is more dramatic and second I felt that it would really highlight the contrast between the struggles of the time periods. I even chose to leave some lines the same. If I thought the lines had no major impact on the plot and even worked for this time period, I left them alone to tie the time periods together by commonalities. The original poem is about a mariner who sets out to see, makes a stupid mistake, gets cursed, then comes back with the fear of God. In my parody, a bunch of nervous students are sitting in an exam room before an old bat of a professor. Before their exam, the professor stops to tell them the tale of a foolish student who stole the exam answers before the test. I chose to only do part one. This choice was made because the word count for the assignment is five hundred, and part one alone was five hundred words. It was also partly because it would have totaled to over a thousand words and the first part itself was enough to justify that this poem is literature of power. I can change the words and the situation of the original, but the moral at the end of the story remains the same for both version: if you look a gift horse in the mouth, karma will come back to kick your ass.

-Oliver Briggs

Navigating Dangerous Waters

Despite being in a non-traditional form, Iron Maiden’s heavy metal rendition of Samuel Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is an excellent example Romantic poetry. The song contains a number of elements found in the literary genre, including a focus on nature and expression of vivid emotions. Together these components help the musical piece elevate Coleridge’s ballad and help convey the magnitude of nature and the magnificence of its sheer power.

The aspects of both versions of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” help the reader acknowledge with the Mariner the power the sea, and nature in general, have over living beings. One of the characteristics of Romantic poetry is “[a] deepened appreciation of the beauties of nature.” The Romantics distanced themselves of the artificiality of the cities and looked towards landscapes as refuges where they could take in in its purest, untouched form. While one might be drawn to the aesthetic and serene qualities natural environments may possess, nature’s less soothing aspects can also be classified as a natural beauty. Deadly weather and dangerous creatures tends to lose people’s attention because of the danger associated with them. However, this treachery does have a degree of beauty when you consider its ability be done by the natural world alone, although sometimes influenced by human interference. Just as nature has the capacity to be beautiful and create landscapes that move writers of the Romantic Period with wonder, nature also has the capacity to be twisted and release a vengeance onto humans who enter into it. The power and aggression of latter also moves and causes amazement, though not the most pleasant, and are worthy grounds for a Romantic poem like Coleridge’s.

William Wordsworth defines Romantic poetry by “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” it contains. Coleridge’s poem brings up such feelings through its descriptions of the sea and the events that unfold in the ballad. Such is the case in the following quotation that reads:

“slimy things did crawl with legs
Upon the slimy sea.

About, about, in reel and rout
The Death-fires danc’d at night;
The water, like a witch’s oils,
Burnt green and blue and white” (IV. 121-6)

The Mariner describes the appearance of the ocean in rather unpleasant terms, very different from romantic or idealized peaceful waves. The Mariner compares it to a witch’s brew filled with a variety of creatures that could end the lives of any mortal. At the same time, it admires how the sea can be hospitable to such magnificently, wicked creatures. Coleridge’s description demonstrates, like other environments, how the sea can mean life for some but also death for others.

Iron Maiden establishes identical imagery by incorporating exact portions of the Coleridge ballad into their song. The following is an example of it:

“Day after day, day after day
We stuck ne breath ne motion
As idle as a painted ship
upon a painted ocean

Water, water every where
And all the boards did shrink
Water, water every where
ne any drop to drink” (VIII. 111-8)

Maiden’s decision to copy of Coleridge’s text verbatim, like the quotation above, help the song maintain the imagery described in the text while also keeping the story exactly as the Mariner may tell it, since he has likely told his tale countless times because of his curse. By doing so, the heavy metal version of the lyrical ballad is just another recounting from the Mariner himself.

And the curse goes on and on at sea
And the curse goes on and on for them and me

The repetition of “on and on” in this stanza, like the repetition of “water” and “day after day” in the previously mentioned stanza, helps convey the frustration and desperation of the Mariner, who had to traverse through miles of dangerous nature and see unimaginable sights. This portion of the lyrics indicates to the listener that the Mariner had to continue to go through more of these misfortunes during his voyage. Similarly, the repetition in both works shows how the story of the Mariner is told on and on and the Mariner experiences the voyage again, and how doing so is a mark of the impact the natural world left on him.

In contrast to the poem, the metal band also conveys fear and original poem’s eerie tone in their music. For most of the song, there is a persistent guitar riff that thunders in the background of the song, reminiscent of a ship confidently rushing forwards through harsh waves, ready to take on anything. This riff and the rhythm of the other instruments shifts once the Mariner comes face to face with Death and Life in Death, who are the consequences of his interference with nature when he killed the albatross. It is silenced then only a few guitar wails can be heard from time to time for roughly two minutes, imitating, in my opinion, “ocean sounds” like whale bellows and the slow swaying of waves. Alone these noises would be soothing to listen to. However, in the context the Mariner is in, all alone in the middle of the ocean with a bunch of dead mates, this beautiful noise is sign of uncertainty and possible danger. This shift is an excellent, chilling transition between the point where the Mariner meets the two figures on the ghost ship and his crew is reanimated. It makes the listener anxious as to what will happen next, just like the Mariner must have been while being cradled by the beautiful but treacherous ocean.

-Wendy Gutierrez

And the curse goes on

 

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Rime of the Ancient Mariner follows much into what is Romantic poetry in its very essence. In terms of Romantic poetry, one tends to think of it as being the emphasis of individuality, something the music genre in which it follows has the reputation of being about. The song depicts the spontaneity of emotions much as to how Romantic poetry tends to do though in a much different art form which only emphasizes its messages further. In putting it in this art form in specific it drives for the spontaneity and gives it an entirely new meaning and perspective in comparison to how it might come across in its written form. In poetry, the way that it comes off tends to rely both on the diction and rhyme that may appear and is often left to interpretation on its deeper meanings though through music you can get a better idea of the tone and message as its there to listen to.

There are also the images used throughout the music video from its creator that gives it the more feel of Romantic poetry that drives for this connection. When thinking of Romantic poetry, one might think of softer toned art, if any, and more natural pieces though in the video the creator chose to use darker photos and photos that focused more on who appear as pirates. In choosing to use photos of pirates, the creator seems to have chosen to follow along with the mariner, in its more literal terms. The photos chosen are all art pieces and pieces specifically that are all dark, which correlates with the poem’s overall tone and thus giving it the all more emphasis that would be lost in interpretation left with poetry. In choosing to use these photos as well shows the imaginative and visionary that one often sees in Romantic poetry. The creator does not choose to use any other photos of pirates or but rather chooses to use photos in this specific art style that make it the all more darker.

– Lou Flores

A New-Romantic Update to Romanticism Through Iron Maiden

Samantha Shapiro

(3) Gustave Dore

The Iron Maiden’s heavy metal version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is able to take from the Coleridge’s own poem and utilize an extremely alternative (read: conventionally different) approach reading of Romantic poetry: changing the context of the lyrics used helps to convey a unique viewing of poetry through a modern Romantic genre.

The focus of Iron Maiden’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (IMRotAM) differs vastly in context and audience due to different historical context, thus shifting how comparing between Iron Maiden and Coleridge’s take on Romantic poetry as a genre. When I refer to Romanticism, I intend on focusing on the period “from the late 18th to the mid-19th century” as referred to in the lecture notes for class. This isn’t the typical style of Romantic poetry, with IMRotAM differing in many aspects of Romantic characteristics such as a concrete interpretation of it being “a general exaltation of emotion over reason and of the senses over intellect.” However, many elements are retained from Romantic poetry, either through it being plagiarized or referenced in a new light, with their rendition,

Death and she life in death
They throw their dice for the crew
She wins the mariner and he belongs to her now
Then… crew one by one
They drop down dead, two hundred men
She… she, life in death
She lets him live, her chosen one

helping the listener understand context for further imagery taken straight from Coleridge:

“One after one by the star-dogged moon
Too quick for groan or sigh
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang
And cursed me with his eye
Four times fifty living men
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump
They dropped down one by one.”

Not only this, but in Romanticism itself, I don’t intend on calling heavy metal music itself Romantic music due to the difference in instruments used. While famous Romantic composers(1), including Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, and Liszt, among many others, were known for their powerful, moving, and emotive pieces, most of them didn’t use the commonly heard electric guitars, bass guitars, and drum sets that are available to artists today, thus spurring a complete comparison. However, similarities to the two can be seen in both genres’ choices to use things such as imitative music,” (2) which Iron Maiden uses in vocal shifts and instrumental solos within the song to help set the mood and add emotion for the piece but also as a pause in story-telling, the lyrics resuming after almost a break in stanzas of poetry.

The Iron Maiden’s rendition of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner appears to change its shape through a shifted context – it being a song inherently changes how they use the material in order to sing (angrily grrr) their work to the listener. The characteristic of Romantic poetry, the “preoccupation with the genius, the hero, and the exceptional figure in general, and a focus on his/her passions and inner struggles” is the same – somewhat – due to ambiguity. The song opens with the lyric,

“Hear the rime of the ancient mariner
See his eye as he stops one of three
Mesmerizes one of the wedding guests
Stay here and listen to the nightmares of the sea”

which is similar to the opening itself of the Coleridge’s poem:

“It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
‘By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?”

This element is lyrically done through ambiguity in lyrical writing for song. Through music as a medium, setting and mood are conflated together, and emotion seemingly put onto one character within the song can be as easily applied to the audience listening to “capture them” or further appeal to the listener. Music as a medium is drastically seen when Iron Maiden sings to the modern audience itself, choosing to use words like “we” to directly address the audience in

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

and the choice to ambiguously open with “Hear the rime of the ancient mariner” without attributing it to anyone but the modern audience by the end of the song. Based on these elements, IMRotAM can be comparable to Romanticism as a modern take of Romantic style poetry through characteristics of Romanticism combining itself with musical composition. 

  1. When I was looking up Romantic composers, I was really surprised to see Rachmaninoff and Beethoven included on the lists, I just wanted to focus on the typical Romantic composers. Super interesting and kinda freaky to see more modern and classical composers included.
  2. This link is a direct quote essentially of what I mean: https://books.google.com/books/content?id=8iUQAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA41&img=1&zoom=3&hl=en&sig=ACfU3U2eTTx2Io4bJ2w-0NV-pweOr8Wu7A&ci=85%2C138%2C745%2C1251&edge=0
  3. https://www.art.com/products/p28317615995-sa-i8627676/gustave-dore-rime-of-the-ancient-mariner.htm

Poetry meets Iron Maiden

When I first started listening to Iron Maiden’s song of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” I didn’t think that the beat or rhythm matched the beat of the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem. As I listened deeper into the song I realized that the beat of the music does go in fact with the poem, and it actually contributed to helping me understand the poem more clearly. When I first read the poem I read it with sort of a dark gloomy mood, since the story itself is pretty haunting. The song however begins with more of an upbeat rock rhythm, sort of creating a form suspense to help direct the story that is being told within the poem. The poem is about a mariner who tells the story of his ship voyage to a random wedding guest, in hopes of spreading his story to get people to appreciate nature. The story is basically about the mariner who kills a special bird “ the albatross”, with not much valid reason and is forced to pay the crime of his actions. In the song the beat remains the same up until to the point where the mariner is confronted by another ship that puts a curse on him, basically killing all of the men on the ship besides him. The beat of the music begins to slow down when the men of the ship are brought back to life, and basically begin haunting the mariner for his disgrace amongst nature. The pictures within the video at that moment present a sinking ship, zombies, etc,. As soon as the mariner begins to find appreciation of nature (with the sea creatures) the music begins to move at a faster pace creating more of an uplifting mood. By the end of the song the beat returns to the same that it was in the beginning, which matches with the ending of the story because his story seems to have impacted the wedding guest because he is no longer concerned about the wedding. He is described as becoming “sadder and wiser” by the end of the poem. I do think that the song is like romantic poetry because the beat of the music matches with the pace of the poem, and the images shown in the video relate to the events going on in the story (sinking ship, zombies, the colors, etc,.).

-Dariana Lara

 

Its Heavy Metal, not Rock people.

 

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With that being said Iron Maiden does “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, justice. A faithful rendition with beautiful instruments in being struck in the background. I say rendition as the song is a condensed version of the long poem. The lyric “The mariner kills the bird of good omen; His shipmates cry against what he’s done” condenses what would have been 20 lines of poetry over two parts. In a way, its easier to follow the story through the song, than to read the poem. With easier lyrics to follow, the music really helps, especially since its so good. It’s a new medium to follow the poem, and arguably a less boring one. The song is cut as previously noted but its to help with the flow of the song, as well words are stretched such as [mar- In -ner] in order to sound great. One part I really loved in the song, was the slow strumming of instruments in the middle of the song. This break in between such heavy metal gives the story a pause, as well gives the listener time to pause. In this pause the Mariner witnesses the curse, and the deaths of the crew members. The song, adds tone, it gives it more atmosphere, than if the poem was just read alone. Iron Maiden’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner is just as Romantic as its poem counter-part. Its use of grotesque imagery, as well as rhythm and tone to paint a sublime setting, plants a flurry of emotions. Finally, music, songs are poems. Bob Dylan in his essay for his acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Literature said; “”Our songs are alive in the land of the living. But songs are unlike literature. They’re meant to be sung, not read. The words in Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be acted on the stage. Just as lyrics in songs are meant to be sung, not read on a page. “

 

  • Robert Morales