"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Parts V-VII by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 15 words

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic poem “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” contains one of the most well-known stanzas: "Water, water every where,/ And all the boards did shrink/ Water, water every where,/ Nor any drop to drink." Learn these word lists from Parts I-IV, and Parts V-VII to help you better understand this complex work..
  1. sere
    (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
    That were so thin and sere.
  2. cleft
    a long narrow opening
    The thick black cloud was cleft, and still...
  3. wont
    an established custom
    Where they were wont to do;
  4. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    We were a ghastly crew.
  5. discern
    detect with the senses
    I heard and in my soul discerned...
  6. penance
    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
    Quoth he, 'The man hath penance done,
  7. abate
    become less in amount or intensity
    When the Mariner's trance is abated.'
  8. bar
    a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
    We drifted o'er the harbour- bar,
  9. strew
    cover; be dispersed over
    So smoothly it was strewn!
  10. seraph
    an angel of the first order; usually portrayed as the winged head of a child
    A man all light, a seraph-man,
  11. impart
    transmit (knowledge or skills)
    No voice did they impart
  12. skiff
    any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
    The skiff-boat neared: I heard them talk,
  13. smite
    inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
    Which sky and ocean smote,
  14. wrench
    twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates
    Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched
  15. hark
    listen; used mostly in the imperative
    And hark the little vesper bell,