Rime of the Ancient Mariner
By bfrion, Updated
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Stanza: 2 "The Bridegroom's doors are opened wide, 5 And I am next of kin; 6 The guests are met, the feast is set: 7 May'st hear the merry din." 8
Summary: The wedding is happening and being enjoyed.
Stanza: 4 He holds him with his glittering eye— 13 The Wedding-Guest stood still, 14 And listens like a three years' child: 15 The Mariner hath his will. 16
Summary: The Mariner stops the Wedding Guest to tell his story, and mesmerizes him.
Stanza: 16 At length did cross an Albatross, 63 Thorough the fog it came; 64 As if it had been a Christian soul, 65 We hail'd it in God's name. 66
Summary: The albatross came through the fog and upon seeing it, the sailors rejoiced.
Stanza: 20 "God save thee, ancient Mariner! 79 From the fiends, that plague thee thus!— 80 Why look'st thou so?"—'With my crossbow 81 I shot the Albatross. 82
Summary: The sailor shot the albatross and will pay the price for killing a harmless bird and good omen.
Stanza: 34 Ah! well a-day! what evil looks 139 Had I from old and young! 140 Instead of the cross, the Albatross 141 About my neck was hung. 142
Summary: The Mariner's fellow sailors are mad at him for killing the albatross and make him wear the albatross as punishment.
Stanza: 51 Four times fifty living men 217 (And I heard nor sigh nor groan), 218 With heavy thump, a lifeless lump, 219 They dropp'd down one by one. 220
Summary: 200 men fell over dead, one by one, after encountering the Death Ship.
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