Re: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The poem, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is about a mariner who, on a voyage, sinned against nature by shooting a harmless albatross. The fate of the voyage turned deadly at that point when the ship was “becalmed” for days. He was blamed for the ill-fate of the ship and the albatross was hung around his neck as punishment. All the crew died from thirst except him, who in his suffering finally recognized the beauty in nature all around him, even in the most loathsome and slimiest of creatures. He blessed them unaware, at which point the curse was lifted and he found his way home. As penance for shooting the albatross, the Mariner, driven by guilt, is forced to wander the earth, tell his story, and teach a lesson to those he meets:
He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.