First Folio Society Edition, 1994. Deep burgundy, faux silk effect covers with inset to front and gilt titles to spine. Illustrated with wood engravings by Garrick Palmer. Housed in a plain burgundy slipcase, unmarked. A very fine copy of what is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which was written in 1797–98 and published in 1798 in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads. The internal pages are blue paper, which is unusual.
The Rime 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, where the mariner stops a man who is on his 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, as 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.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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