The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Part-1 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Part-1

It is an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three. ’By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, How wherefore Stopp’st thou me? a. Why did the ancient mariner stop one of the wedding guests? b. Describe the appearance of the mariner at this point of the story. c. Where were the wedding guests going?
a. The mariner wanted to relate his story to the wedding guest in order to ease himself of his misery and share his thoughts with someone. b. The mariner looked strange and fearful with a long grey beard and shining eyes. c. The wedding guests were going to attend a wedding feast of a relative.
The Bridegroom’s door are opened wide, And I am next of kin; The guest are met, the feast is set: May’st hear the merry din, a. The presence of the wedding guest is necessary at the bridegroom’s place because…. b. Describe the present state of mind of the wedding guest? c. What is the effect of the mariner on the wedding guest? d. Find out the word to rhyme with ‘kin’.
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. a. Who is ‘he’ in the first line? b. Why does the other man spoken ask to ‘unhand’ him? c. Explain what it means that the person starts telling a story at once.
He holds him with his glittering eye- the wedding guest stood still: And listens like a three years’ child: The mariner hath his will. a. ‘He’ in the first line refers to: b. What figure of speech has been employed here? What does it convey? c. What is the mariner's will?
The wedding Guest sat on a stone: He cannot choose but hear; And thus spake on that ancient mariner, The bright eyed mariner. a. What does the expression ‘bright eye’ signify? b. What does the expression ‘sat on a stone’ signify? c. The wedding guest is not left with any choice but to listen to the ancient mariner because ……….
“The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared, Merrily did we drop Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the lighthouse top. a. From where and how was the ship of the Mariner given a send-off? b. Describe the state of mind of the Mariner at this point of the story? c. What is the purpose of the poet in using ‘kirk’ instead of ‘church’? d. Why did the wedding guest begin to beat his breast?
The sun came up upon the left, Out of the sea came he! And he shone bright, and on the right Went down into the sea. a. What is the rhyme scheme used here? b. Who is the narrator and to whom is he narrating? c. ‘He’ in the second line refers to:
Higher and higher everyday, Till over the mast at noon-- The wedding guest here beat his breast, For he heard the loud bassoon. a. Why was the sun now over the mast at noon? b. The Wedding-Guest began beating his breast because ‘the loud bassoon' meant... c. Did the Wedding Guest have the choice to leave the Mariner in between his story? d. Describe the state of mind of the Wedding-Guest at this point of the story.
The bride hath paced into the hall, Red as a rose is she; Nodding their heads before her goes The merry minstrelsy. a. What does the pacing of the bride into the hall signify? b. What was the effect of the bridal music on the Wedding-Guest? c. What was the Wedding-Guest doing when the bride paced into the hall? d. The bride was accompanied by ….
The wedding guest he beat his breast Yet he cannot choose but hear; And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright eyes Mariner. a. The beating of the mariner by the Wedding Guest signifies that …. b. Why can’t the Wedding Guest have a choice but to hear the story of the mariner? c. Explain what the Wedding Guest might be thinking of at this point of the story.
And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he Was tyrannous and strong: He struck with his o'ertaking-wings, And chased us south along. a. Who does 'he' in the first line refer to? b. What kind of storm was it? How do you know? c. Explain the effect of the storm on the Mariner's ship.
With slopping mast and dipping prow, As who pursued with yell and blow Still tread the shadow of his foe, And forward bends his head, The ship drove fast, loud roared the blat, And southward aye we fled. a. Why did the ship move southward? b. What figure of speech is used in the second line? c. Explain the imagery used in the line: ‘Still tread the shadow of his foe.’ d. What was the reason for ‘yell’ and ‘blow’ while they were on sail? e. What does the description of the ship sailing suggest about the state of mind of the sailors on it?
And now there come both mist and snow, And it grew wondrous cold: And ice, mast-high, came floating by. As green as emerald. a. How can you say that the mariner’s had fallen into yet another unfavourable condition? What kind of condition had they just come out from? b. Explain how can ice be mast-high? c. Why is the poet comparing ice to an emerald?
And through the drifts and snowy clifts Did send a dismal sheen: Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken The ice was all between. a. What do you think is happening to the Wedding-Guest now? How? b. Describe briefly the surroundings of the ship. c. The ice that came floating towards the ship was...
The ice was here, the ice was there, The ice was all around: It cracked and growled, and roared and howled, Like noises in a swound! a. What literary device is used in the first two lines? What effect does it create? b. What word rhymes with ‘around’? Give its meaning. c. Identify the words that create sound effect.
At length did cross an albatross, Thorough the fog it came; As if it had been a Christian soul, We hailed it in God’s name. a. What happened at last? b. The Albatross was hailed as a ‘Christian Soul’ because: c. The Albatross brought relief….
It ate the food it ne'er had eat, And round and round it flew. The ice did split with a thunder-fit; The helmsman steered us through! a. The Albatross flew round and round the Mariner's ship because... b. The Albatross seemed to have brought good luck to the ship. This is seen in... c. The Mariner and his fellow-mariners developed a tremendous love for the Albatross. Why? d. What did the Mariner and others do to keep company with the Albatross?
And a good south wind sprung, up behind; The Albatross did follow, And every day, for food or play, Came to the mariners' hollo ! a. What happened in addition to the blowing of good south wind when the Albatross came to the Mariner's ship? b. The Mariner and others treated the Albatross nicely because... c. How had the Mariner and his fellow-mariners welcomed the Albatross?
In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud, It perched for vespers nine; Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white, Glimmered the white Moon-shine. a. What does 'it' stands for? b. What does 'vespers nine' mean?
"God save thee, ancient Mariner! From the fiends, that plague thee thus! - Why look'st thou so?"- With my cross-bow I shot the Albatross. " a. "Why look'st thou so?" How did the Ancient Mariner look like? b. Who is the speaker of the first two lines? What has he been compelled to do? c. What was the Mariner's crime? Why? d. At first the mariner is accused of killing the albatross. But after sometime his action is justified by his fellow mariners. What do you think are the reasons for this justification?

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