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Mr. Barfield’s Homework
Lions & Tigers
Daily Work – April 4, 2023
SPRING BREAK 4/3/23-4/7/23
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Coleridge’s 1798 narrative poem, which appeared in the first edition of Coleridge and Wordsworth’s joint-authored collection Lyrical Ballads (but was nearly removed from the second edition because Wordsworth wasn’t sure about it), is a long poem to read aloud in its entirety, but if you want a poem to regale your friends and family with by the fireside one winter evening, this tale of a cursed sailor and his crew is the ideal choice:
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
The Bridegroom’s doors are opened wide,
And I am next of kin;
The guests are met, the feast is set:
May’st hear the merry din.’
He holds him with his skinny hand,
‘There was a ship,’ quoth he.
‘Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!’
Eftsoons his hand dropt he …