Rime of the Ancient Mariner List 1

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  1. rime
    compose rhymes
    Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  2. mariner
    a man who serves as a sailor
    It is an ancient Mariner,
    And he stoppeth one of three.
    'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
    Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?
  3. sere
    having lost all moisture
    And soon I heard a roaring wind:
    It did not come anear;
    But with its sound it shook the sails,
    That were so thin and sere.
  4. bassoon
    a double-reed woodwind instrument that makes a low sound
    Higher and higher every day,
    Till over the mast at noon—'
    The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast,
    For he heard the loud bassoon.
  5. prow
    the front part of a vessel
    With sloping masts and dipping prow,
    As who pursued with yell and blow
    Still treads the shadow of his foe,
    And forward bends his head,
    The ship drove fast, loud roared the blast,
    And southward aye we fled.
  6. aver
    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    And I had done a hellish thing,
    And it would work 'em woe:
    For all averred, I had killed the bird
    That made the breeze to blow.
  7. sheen
    the visual property of something that shines
    And through the drifts the snowy clifts
    Did send a dismal sheen:
    Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken—
    The ice was all between.
  8. dank
    unpleasantly cool and humid
    My lips were wet, my throat was cold,
    My garments all were dank;
    Sure I had drunken in my dreams,
    And still my body drank.
  9. leprosy
    communicable disease characterized by wasting of body parts
    Her lips were red, her looks were free,
    Her locks were yellow as gold:
    Her skin was as white as leprosy,
    The Night-mare LIFE-IN-DEATH was she,
    Who thicks man's blood with cold.
  10. lank
    long and thin and often limp
    And thou art long, and lank, and brown,
    As is the ribbed sea-sand.
  11. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    One after one, by the star-dogged Moon,
    Too quick for groan or sigh,
    Each turned his face with a ghastly pang,
    And cursed me with his eye.
  12. keel
    one of the main longitudinal beams of the hull of a vessel
    Hither to work us weal;
    Without a breeze, without a tide,
    She steadies with upright keel!
  13. fleck
    a small contrasting part of something
    And straight the Sun was flecked with bars,
    (Heaven's Mother send us grace!)
  14. nether
    The stars were dim, and thick the night,
    The steersman's face by his lamp gleamed white;
    From the sails the dew did drip—
    Till clomb above the eastern bar
    The hornèd Moon, with one bright star
    Within the nether tip.
  15. penance
    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for something
    The other was a softer voice,
    As soft as honey-dew:
    Quoth he, 'The man hath penance done,
    And penance more will do.'
  16. drought
    a shortage of rainfall
    And every tongue, through utter drought,
    Was withered at the root;
    We could not speak, no more than if
    We had been choked with soot.
  17. hoary
    having gray or white hair as with age
    Beyond the shadow of the ship,
    I watched the water-snakes:
    They moved in tracks of shining white,
    And when they reared, the elfish light
    Fell off in hoary flakes.
  18. sultry
    characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
    Her beams bemocked the sultry main,
    Like April hoar-frost spread;
    But where the ship's huge shadow lay,
    The charmèd water burnt alway
    A still and awful red.
  19. veer
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    And still it neared and neared:
    As if it dodged a water-sprite,
    It plunged and tacked and veered.
  20. pang
    a sharp spasm of pain
    One after one, by the star-dogged Moon,
    Too quick for groan or sigh,
    Each turned his face with a ghastly pang,
    And cursed me with his eye.
  21. reek
    smell badly and offensively
    The cold sweat melted from their limbs,
    Nor rot nor reek did they:
    The look with which they looked on me
    Had never passed away.
  22. parched
    dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
    Each throat
    Was parched, and glazed each eye.
  23. trance
    a psychological state induced by a magical incantation
    Or we shall be belated:
    For slow and slow that ship will go,
    When the Mariner's trance is abated.'
  24. fathom
    a linear unit of measurement for water depth
    And some in dreams assurèd were
    Of the Spirit that plagued us so;
    Nine fathom deep he had followed us
    From the land of mist and snow.

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