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The Ancient Mariner


The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is one of those poems that many people know bits of but not necessarily just were they come form. It was one of the set texts for me way back when I was doing English Literature at GCE O Level, but I had forgotten all about it until I came across this statue in Watchet Harbour. Apparently it is still being used in schools today by students reading poetry in Key Stages 2 and 3 of the UK National Curriculum.

The statue was unveiled in 2003 as a tribute to Samuel Taylor Coleridge who wrote the poem whilst travelling through Watchet and the surrounding area.

The full poem may be found here, but be aware, it is rather long.

Yesterday, it seems, was my 1000th post on Shutterchance and I never noticed. In retrospect it appears quite serendipitous that it should have been of fellow photographers enjoying a Shutterchance meet.


The Ancient Mariner


The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is one of those poems that many people know bits of but not necessarily just were they come form. It was one of the set texts for me way back when I was doing English Literature at GCE O Level, but I had forgotten all about it until I came across this statue in Watchet Harbour. Apparently it is still being used in schools today by students reading poetry in Key Stages 2 and 3 of the UK National Curriculum.

The statue was unveiled in 2003 as a tribute to Samuel Taylor Coleridge who wrote the poem whilst travelling through Watchet and the surrounding area.

The full poem may be found here, but be aware, it is rather long.

Yesterday, it seems, was my 1000th post on Shutterchance and I never noticed. In retrospect it appears quite serendipitous that it should have been of fellow photographers enjoying a Shutterchance meet.


comments (15)

nice !
Les Auld: Thank you Alicia.
excellent photo and congrats on your 1000 + post
Les Auld: Thanks Derek, appreciate the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Apr 2010, 06:51
First of all, Les, congratulations on your 1,000th post. That is a worthy achievement and seems indeed serendipitous that it was of fellow SCers from our meet-up! BINGO.

Your image of this ancient mariner is the best I've ever seen. It's always educational to get more of the history. I went to Wiki and also found this: "Throughout his adult life, Coleridge suffered from crippling bouts of anxiety and depression (neuralgia); it has been speculated that Coleridge suffered from bipolar disorder, a mental disorder which was unknown during his life.[1] Coleridge chose to treat these episodes with opium, becoming an addict in the process." So often our greatest artists 'suffer' in one way or the other. It reminds me of David, the Psalmist of the Old Testament.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, here is to the next 1000. It would seem that many of our well known poets suffered in different ways and this probably affected their work as well.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Apr 2010, 07:34
Congratulations for the 1000 Les, here's to the next 1000
Les Auld: If I'm still around Zed, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Apr 2010, 08:02
Darn me Les - I aught to pay more attention. Firstly to congratulate you on your 1000th, which is quite an achievement. Secondly to keep my eyes open. I've been in Watchet loads of times but never noticed this fine stataue!
Les Auld: You do have to look up Chris, there is also another nice one of a local sailor just by this. Thanks for the comment.
We escaped Coleridge only to fall foul of Algernon Charles Swinburne. I remember one poem called the "Triumph of Time" which ran to 100's of lines and all cheery stuff as you can imagine ;o)
Les Auld: Had a look at some of Swinburne work, most of it seem a bit grim and long as well. Thanks for the comment Mike.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Apr 2010, 10:24
An interesting statue Les. I remember the Ancient Mariner from school - it did go on a bit! I'm going to google Watchet now to find out where it is!
Ingrid
Les Auld: The Somerset coast Ingrid, quite a nice little place. Thanks for the comment.
A marvelous find Les..a fine picture..Wow..1000..congratulations.
Les Auld: And I can feel every one of them Ron, thanks for the comment.
If reading is too much how about this bonkers Mash up featuring Sir Ian Mckellen, Iron Maidens Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner and Frankie Goes to Hollywoods Relax...its mad but it works
http://www.waxaudio.com.au/
scroll down to 'Maiden goes to Hollywood' crank it up and have a Memorex moment
Hey well done on the 1K les.
Les Auld: A great track David, the Iron Maiden track is also on YouTube but I forgot to post the link. Thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Apr 2010, 12:56
We had a week in Watchet a few years ago in a house almost on the quay. Never managed to get a photo as good as this, though! (I think the weather was rubbish at the time).
Les Auld: Wachet is quite an interesting place Alan, the quay has been updated from when I was last there some years ago. Thanks for the comment.
I am proud to have been in your 1000th picture! I have never read all of the ancient mariner, but then I didn't do English literature at school
Les Auld: I'm pleased you were able to appear, no appearance fee though I'm afraid. Thanks for the comment bill.
Great statue, I shall take time to read the full version, well done on your 1000th smile
Les Auld: It does take a bit of getting through Linda, thanks for the comment.
1000 posts, Les; what a commendable achievement! Today's submission is a fitting tribute. Well done!
Les Auld: I suppose it does say something Beverley, thanks for the comment.
Well done on the 1,000 Les. This is a fine posting, only the 2nd.verse you have is included is familiar to me, I didn't do English Lit.either.
Les Auld: I suspect many people also do not know where it comes from Brian, thanks for the comment.
I like this Les. I have also photographed this statue, when up in Minehead. I had a day out on the railway and stopped in Watchet. It's a fine statue
Les Auld: It is a fine statue, and Wachet is quite interesting as well, I have stayed there a couple of times.

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