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Rime of the Ancient Mariner - I shot Albatross

Vintage engraving by Gustave Dore of a scene from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, With my crossbow I shot the Albatross. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage. The mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story. 1882

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This vintage engraving by Gustave Dore captures a pivotal scene from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's renowned poem, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". In this haunting image, we witness the mariner's fateful act as he raises his crossbow and shoots down an albatross. The sailor's decision to kill this majestic sea bird sets in motion a series of supernatural events that will forever haunt him. Dore's intricate woodcut illustration transports us back to the 19th century, immersing us in its Victorian style and historical context. The print exudes an air of ancient mystery, perfectly complementing the eerie tale being narrated. As we delve into Coleridge's epic poem, we discover that it is not merely a story about sailing or superstition; it delves deep into themes of guilt, redemption, and the consequences of our actions. Through vivid imagery and lyrical verses, Coleridge paints a vivid portrait of a sailor compelled to share his harrowing journey with an unsuspecting wedding guest. This artwork serves as a visual portal into both literary history and artistic expression. It reminds us that even in old-fashioned prints like these, there lies immense power to evoke emotions and provoke contemplation on timeless human dilemmas.

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