"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Parts I-IV

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.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. wherefore
    the cause or intention underlying an action or situation
    Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
  2. din
    a loud harsh or strident noise
    May'st hear the merry din.'
  3. prow
    the front part of a vessel
    With sloping masts and dipping prow,
  4. tread
    put down or press the foot, place the foot
    Still treads the shadow of his foe,
  5. flee
    run away quickly
    And southward aye we fled.
  6. ken
    range of what one can know or understand
    Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken
  7. albatross
    a large web-footed bird noted for powerful gliding flight
    At length did cross an Albatross,
  8. shroud
    a line that regulates the angle at which a sail is set
    In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
  9. fiend
    an evil supernatural being
    From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
  10. aver
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    For all averred, I had killed the bird
  11. wretch
    someone you feel sorry for
    Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
  12. rout
    an overwhelming defeat
    About, about, in reel and rout
  13. assure
    give somebody confidence of the truth of something
    And some in dreams assurèd were...
  14. utter
    And every tongue, through utter drought,
  15. weary
    physically and mentally fatigued
    There passed a weary time.
  16. parched
    dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
    Was parched, and glazed each eye.
  17. agape
    with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe
    Agape they heard me call:
  18. leprosy
    communicable disease characterized by wasting of body parts
    Her skin was as white as leprosy,
  19. spectre
    a ghostly appearing figure
    Off shot the spectre-bark.
  20. nether
    Within the nether tip.
  21. hoary
    Fell off in hoary flakes.
  22. hail
    greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    We hailed it in God's name.
  23. plague
    annoy continually or chronically
    From the fiends, that plague thee thus!—
  24. withered
    lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
    Was withered at the root;
  25. slope
    be at an angle
    With sloping masts and dipping prow,

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