Today’s Theme Poem

It’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”:

It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
`By thy long 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.

(The full text.)

One Reply to “Today’s Theme Poem”

  1. I had to memorize this one for detention in high school. I think the version I memorized was only 28 stanzas, though. It helped that I hardly understood a word of it. I was 16.

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