THE LANGUAGE OF THE SUN AND MOON : DRAWING ON BOEHME.

You may have noticed in our readings of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” how the sun and moon are significant presences in the poem. Coleridge thought deeply on the subject of symbols and symbolic language. He saw Nature as reflecting the language of God the Creator and he also conceived that the poetic imagination,Continue reading “THE LANGUAGE OF THE SUN AND MOON : DRAWING ON BOEHME.”

RIME OF ANCIENT MARINER: PART 4 COLERIDGE, ADDICTION, RELEASE.

PART 4 “I fear thee ancient Mariner! I fear thy skinny hand! And thou art long,and lank, and brown, As is the ribbed sea-sand. I fear thee and thy glittering eye, And thy skinny hand so brown.”- Fear not, fear not thou Wedding-Guest! This body dropt not down. Alone, alone, all,all alone, Alone on aContinue reading “RIME OF ANCIENT MARINER: PART 4 COLERIDGE, ADDICTION, RELEASE.”

FURTHER THOUGHTS ON PART 3

Coleridge in his young twenties was an active supporter of the anti-slavery movement. Editing a radical newsletter, The Watchman, which argued for anti- slavery legislation and other causes raised by the French Revolution he would go round Bristol Harbour talking to ships’ captains and their crews about their experiences of the slave trade as wellContinue reading “FURTHER THOUGHTS ON PART 3”

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER PART 3

( This is the third part of the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. New readers may wish first to read the earlier blog posts introducing the poem and then on the first two parts. Alternatively you might wish to plunge into this section of the poem). PART 3 There passed a weary time. Each throatContinue reading “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER PART 3”

NEW YEAR: LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD.

As we move from one year to another I wish all followers and occasional readers a happy New Year, secure from the worst that might assail us. I wish to thank you also for your support, as readers from around the world from a variety of cultures. I am delighted you have found in thisContinue reading “NEW YEAR: LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD.”

“THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER” PART 2

The Sun now rose upon the right: Out of the sea came he, still hid in mist, and on the left Went down into the sea, And the good south wind still blew behind, But no sweet bird did follow, Nor any day for food or play Came to the mariners’ hollo. And I hadContinue reading ““THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER” PART 2″

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER PART 1

ARGUMENT How a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the Cold country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to hisContinue reading “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER PART 1”

INTRODUCING “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER”.

ARGUMENTHow a Ship having passed the Line was driven by storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to his ownContinue reading “INTRODUCING “THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER”.”

OLD STORIES THAT TELL US WHERE WE ARE NOW

Myths are not factual but they incorporate profound truths. The Biblical myth of the Tower of Babel speaks of the usurpation by Man of the place of God, claiming power which he is unable to maintain, leading to disintegration. Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, devised what might be called a myth-the myth of the cave-though,Continue reading “OLD STORIES THAT TELL US WHERE WE ARE NOW”

THE EOLIAN HARP

This is one of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s early conversation poems, first written in 1795. The address is to his young married wife, Sarah. The Eolian Harp (or Aeolian, from Aeolus the Greek god of wind) was devised as an outdoor wind instrument played into sound by currents of air. The sounds enable the poet toContinue reading “THE EOLIAN HARP”