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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797 to '98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads. Some modern editions use a revised version printed in 1817 that featured a gloss. Along with other poems in Lyrical Ballads, it is often considered a signal shift to modern poetry and the beginning of British Romantic literature. 

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage. The mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story. The wedding-guest's reaction turns from bemusement to impatience to fear to fascination as the mariner's story progresses, as can be seen in the language style: Coleridge uses narrative techniques such as personification and repetition to create a sense of danger, the supernatural, or serenity, depending on the mood in different parts of the poem.

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This is something different.

With a wonderful Narrator listen to a special Audio Book its sound reverberates through the ages.You may be surprised at how
much you enjoy it.



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Warm yourself by the harth and enjoy the poem.

I really enjoyed this book. I imagined myself at a tavern or warming by a harth fire and listening to a Skald or Troubadour resighting a poem of life on the sea. This quick listen was indeed a pleasure to listen to.

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A True Classic

I have heard parts of this poem throughout my life but had never heard it in it's entirety until now.

This is a wonderful classic that is brought to life by a great narrator. Gregg Rizzo does an excellent job narrating this poem and I think everyone should hear it.

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Water Water Everywhere and Not A Drop to Drink

A classical poem, short and an adventure. Coleridge is a famous poet, so the opportunity to have someone who performs it well, as does this narrator, is a treat to the ears.
A poem anyone would enjoy....didn’t remember the water water line was from this poem..interesting.

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Good quick read

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a good quick read. It is a poem about a mariner who returns from a voyage at sea.

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Improves on every fresh listening

This is a poem meant to be read aloud, and Mr. Rizzo has done a valiant job interpreting and delivering this beautiful work.

Pitch perfect narration of a timeless classic.

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Classic

This is a classic poem for people who don't like poems. It'd make a great song and I imagine many must have set this to music at some point, it's just too obvious not to.

Even if you don't like it, it behooves you to familiarize yourself with this as the origin of having an albatross around one's neck and 'water water everywhere but not a drop to drink' (actually ''nor any drop to drink'' in the poem).

The narration was a 4.5. It could have used a bit more emotional range but was otherwise very good. The tone, enunciation, and meter were consistent and expressive.

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