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

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. sere
    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 something
    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 ridge in a river or along a shore
    We drifted o'er the harbour- bar,
  9. strew
    be dispersed over
    So smoothly it was strewn!
  10. seraph
    an angel of the first order
    A man all light, a seraph-man,
  11. impart
    transmit, as knowledge or a skill
    No voice did they impart
  12. skiff
    a small boat 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
    Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched
  15. hark
    listen; used mostly in the imperative
    And hark the little vesper bell,

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.