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''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'' by Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge is probably one of the [[SmallReferencePools most-referenced]] pieces of [[{{Romanticism}} Romantic]] poetry. Ever heard "''Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink''"? Yup, it's from here (although [[BeamMeUpScotty in the original text it's ''nor any drop to drink'']]). It is a relatively long NarrativePoem about a disaster-prone ship, enclosed in a FramingDevice where the sailor who cursed it is describing his travels to a guest at a wedding. It's notable for its religious and naturalistic themes and for having a lot in common with Gothic literature. The poem is divided into 7 sections, each dealing with a different part of the Mariner's journey.

Has its own [[ReferencedBy/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner Referenced By]] -page
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!!Tropes featured include:

* AfterlifeExpress: A soul ship.
* TheAnnotatedEdition: The poem was reprinted with a "gloss" that explains several things.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: Coleridge wanted to evoke the feeling of an older age of epic poetry.
* TheAtoner: The Mariner, who wanders the world repeating his story to others as penance for his crime of shooting the albatross.
* AudienceSurrogate: The Wedding-Guest is this. Essentially a blank slate who reacts to the Mariner's tale in much the same way as the reader.
* BeamMeUpScotty: It's "nor any drop to drink", not "and not a drop to drink".
* BlondesAreEvil: Life-in-Death has "locks [as] yellow as gold"
* ChessWithDeath: Actually, dice with death: Death and Life-In-Death gamble with dice, and Death wins the crew, while Life-In-Death wins the Mariner, and gives him a FateWorseThanDeath.
* CommonMeter: Throughout. If you want to make sure you can never take the poem seriously again, try singing it to "Yankee Doodle". Or the theme from ''GilligansIsland''.
* DemBones: DEATH is a skeleton.
* DidYouDie: After the Mariner describes how everyone on his ship died, the Wedding-Guest interrupts the story with "I fear thee, ancient Mariner!" and has to be reassured that the Mariner did not die.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The events of the poem occur because the Mariner kills an albatross. Then again, some critics argue that the albratross is representative of Jesus. Also, nautical folklore holds albratrosses to be good omens (perhaps as they often show land is near) and in killing one it was believed you bring on bad luck and misfortune.
** Of course, the fact that everyone on the ship ''except'' the Mariner died because of the Albatross slaying not only makes it disproportionate, but misaimed.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Ancient Mariner and the Wedding-Guest.
** Also the Pilot, his Son, Death, Life-in-Death, and in fact nearly every if not every named character.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Mariner gets one of these after [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Death]] loses him to Life-In-Death in a dice game.
* FootnoteFever: In the second edition, which is the one most commonly reprinted, the poem is accompanied by extensive marginal glosses. These are sometimes referred to as "built-in Cliff's Notes".
* FlyingDutchman: The Mariner.
* FramingDevice: The Mariner telling his story to [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Wedding-Guest]].
* TheGrimReaper: He fails to collect the Mariner's soul, so it instead goes to [[FateWorseThanDeath Life-In-Death]]
* HeatWave: The ship gets stuck in the windless, tropical and hot doldrums. There is a drought along with the heat.
* HopeSpot: "I bit my arm, I sucked the blood, And cried, A sail! a sail!"
* {{Irony}}: The "Water, water, everywhere" verse is a famous example of situational irony.
* NarrativePoem
* NauticalFolklore: Borrows elements of this.
* OceanMadness: The entire poem is a description of this.
* ThePenance: The Mariner wears the dead albatross around his neck and is compelled to tell his story in order to atone for killing it.
* RamblingOldManMonologue: The entire poem apart from the framing device.
* RedemptionInTheRain: The day after the Mariner's curse is lifted, a tremendous rainstorm appears, and he stands in it, gulping down the water, so happy he believes he died and is in paradise.
* RuleOfThree: "There is an Ancient Mariner, and he stoppeth one of three..."
* SignatureLine: "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink."
* SoleSurvivor: The Mariner is the only member of his crew to survive.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: "Be compassionate towards all creatures and don't go around murdering innocent seabirds, or else you'll wind up stranded in the middle of the ocean, all your friends will die, their corpses will torment you, and when you eventually make it to land you'll be forced to constantly wander the world telling your story instead of being able to live a normal life."
* UngratefulBastard: The Mariner shoots the Albatross for completely unexplained reasons, despite the fact that the bird actually just lead them out of the glacial maze.

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