Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere.

In the Rime of the Ancyent Marinere one of the final stanzas states " He prayeth best who loveth best,/ all things both great and small:/ For the dear God, who loveth us,/ He made and loveth all." I think the entire poem is meant to build up to that statement. The realization that everything should be cherished whether it is big and mighty, or small and insignificant.  The marinere had an endless guilt for taking the Albatross' life.  He was unable to pray, drink, and he was faced with the gruesome reality of death. In this period of sorrow he described his soul that was in agony and his heart that was dry as dust. He was burdened until he appreciated the magnificent beauty of the snakes. As soon as he became aware of their beauty he was able to pray and the Albatross fell off of his neck into the sea.  He realized the beauty of every creature small or large and was released from his troubled state.  He lives on to share the insight that he gained.  I have attached the trailer to the movie Avatar. I saw connections between that film and this part of the Rime of the Ancyent Marinere. In Avatar the main character initially goes to Avatar land to take a precious and expensive stone that is in their land.  Obtaining that stone would involve killing many of the Avatars and ruining their peaceful lifestyle. He was able to live with the Avatars, which eventually led to him appreciating their existence. After gaining that appreciation he felt remorse for ever considering destroying their way of life.