The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner book cover
Start Your Free Trial

Describe the ancient mariner in Coleridge's poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."

Expert Answers info

Jason Lulos eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write3,297 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and Science

The mariner is old (ancient), described as having a long, grey beard. The mariner kills an albatross, apparently for no reason, even though the albatross had seemed to lead them out of the Antarctic. The mariner's crew first curse him for doing such a thing. But then they rationalize the shooting by saying that is was right to shoot the bird that brought the fog and the mist. 

He and his crew become lost at sea and he realizes his crime is the cause of their...

(The entire section contains 257 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial