The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,

Beloved from pole to pole!

To Mary Queen the praise be given!

She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,

That slid into my soul.


In this extract of the poem, the poet is pondering over the importance of the sleep and considering the sleep as sweet and ideal state of body. He is of the view that sleep is admired by people of every locality from south pole to north pole. The poet says that sleep will bring comfort for the all people of the world and they will admire the importance of the sleep in their life. He says that people should praise and be thankful to virgin marry for giving them a beautiful pleasant of sleep from heaven. During the period of middle ages each Christian will be ready to worship her.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

The silly buckets on the deck,

That had so long remained,

I dreamt that they were filled with dew;

And when I awoke, it rained.


The extract of the poem creates a beautiful effect on the reader of the poem, the mariner of the poem says that the buckets have not been filled yet and there is dire need for their filling. But when he fell asleep he went into a beautiful dream. He has dreamt about the filling of the bucket and he felt very happy. But when he woke up in the morning he came to realize the fact immediately. He realizes that it was the effect of the rain which made him to realize the fact that it was just rain water that made him to feel in this way.
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.


This extract had a romantic effect on its readers with minute description of the drinking water during the rain. He is giving the details of the drinking water in such an aesthetic manner that everyone will be pleased after reading the poem. Ancient mariner claimed that his lips and his rob were all wet when he drank the water during his sleep. He thinks that he had drunk water during his dream. He also ponders over the fact that his all body had drunk the water.
I moved, and could not feel my limbs:

I was so light—almost

I thought that I had died in sleep,

And was a blessed ghost.


In this extract of the poem the poet has created a strange effect of the imagination on the part of man’s nature. The ancient mariner felt strange effect of weightlessness during his sleep. He felt that he has lost his weight during the sleepy moment. He felt a change in his gait and he thought that he has been died during his sleep. He considered himself like a happy ghost at that time.
And soon I heard a roaring wind:

It did not come a near;

But with its sound it shook the sails,

That were so thin and sere.


The amazing and startling effect of the wind has been created on man’s nature in this extract of the poem. The ancient mariner heard the voice of the roaring wind from a distant place. He has been amazed after hearing such strong gush of the wind. The poet tries to create a beautiful depiction of the sea. He suggests that the loud wind coming from a distant place can shook different sails.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

The upper air burst into life!

And a hundred fire-flags sheen,

To and fro they were hurried about!

And to and fro, and in and out,

The wan stars danced between.

And the coming wind did roar more loud,

And the sails did sigh like sedge,

And the rain poured down from one black cloud;

The Moon was at its edge.


The ancient mariner further adds in his amazement by depicting different images. He says that the air is now bringing life for them it will change into life soon. He says that the wind is reason for their existence in the marine life. He has witnessed different images of fire fleshes who were running in a to and fro motion in the marine life. He uses personification device in this stanza and says that stars are dancing in a to and fro motion and they all are looking very beautiful on the empty sky. He uses more striking effect of the wind in the following lines by adding volume in the air. He says that now the wind is becoming louder and louder after some interval of the time. The sails in the marine life will look like sedge with the roaring voice of the wind. Then the poet adds to the scenery of the poem by adding the scene of the heavy rain coming from a black cloud. The poet says that the moon was looking different after the heavy rain in the marine life.
The thick black cloud was cleft, and still

The Moon was at its side:

Like waters shot from some high crag,

The lightning fell with never a jag,

A river steep and wide.


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

The poet says that after the heavy rain the clods on the sky started to split between the two different parts. The moon on the sky was still shinning like a bright object. The poet says that there was lighting appeared from the divided parts of the clouds after the rain. The poet uses the literary device simile here in this stanza. He compares the lightning coming from the clouds as the waterfall falling from a very high place to a lower place. If we see this scene it will just look like a river falling from any high place towards lower place.

The loud wind never reached the ship,

Yet now the ship moved on!

Beneath the lightning and the Moon

The dead men gave a groan.


The roaring wind remained untouched to the sails of the ship in the sea. The poet says that ship continued their journey in the sea after the heavy rain under the effects of moon light and heat lightning. Ancient mariner was now in a strange condition. He was groaning in a distress mood just like he was feeling dead.
They groaned, they stirred, they all up rose,

Nor spake, nor moved their eyes;

It had been strange, even in a dream,

To have seen those dead men rise.


The poet here adds the groaning effect to the poem. He says that the other people stood up immediately after hearing the voice of the groaning. But they were looking like a still creature in the sea. All of them never tried to make any gesture during this period. They never tried to roll their eyes are shift them across the corner of the place. The poet here creates a strange effect by depicting them in working mood after being dead. There is no word to add as a comment on seeing them working and moving in their actual life.
The helmsman steered, the ship moved on;

Yet never a breeze up-blew;

The mariners all ‘gan work the ropes,

Where they were wont to do;

They raised their limbs like lifeless tools—

We were a ghastly crew.

The body of my brother’s son

Stood by me, knee to knee:

The body and I pulled at one rope,

But he said nought to me.


In the following extract of the poem the poet is intended to convey the meaning of different hidden expeditions took place in marine life. The poet says that steer men are ready to maneuver their sheep. They are ready to sail on the sea immediately. The wind was not blowing in the sea but the ships were ready to move from the place. The readers of the poem can feel shocked on the fact that they are ready to sail on in the absence of the wind. After that the mariner has initiated his struggle with the ropes and they used their physical lifeless features as tools in their work. They took help from their lifeless hands and legs in completing their expedition. He added details about the working of his nephew behind him and he says that he remained silent during the whole expedition. They never tried to spoke to each other.
‘I fear thee, ancient Mariner!’

Be calm, thou Wedding-Guest!

‘Twas not those souls that fled in pain,

Which to their corses came again,

But a troop of spirits blest:


It is time of fear and horror for the wedding guests. The physical appearance and the features of the ancient mariners are again looking terrible and frightening in the wake of their long journey on the sea. Ancient mariner tries to pacify them by saying that they should not be afraid of his fearful physical appearance. He tries to console them by saying that the soul they had witnessed on the ship are not the dead bodies. He tries to convince them that the souls those were working on the sea were the bodies that were suffering from the pain. He says that they were lucky one because they were hosting the blessed creatures.
For when it dawned—they dropped their arms,

And clustered round the mast;

Sweet sounds rose slowly through their mouths,

And from their bodies passed.


These lines convey the scene of their rest after working for their ropes. They started to stay together after they had finished their work at the mast. The poet here says that the sweet noises produced during this journey are looking as they are passing silently from their bodies. The production of the sweet noise during the journey creates a sweet effect on the readers.
Around, around, flew each sweet sound,

Then darted to the Sun;

Slowly the sounds came back again,

Now mixed, now one by one.


In the following stanza of the poem the poet tries to convey a beautiful effect about the mixing of the different sounds coming and returning back from the place. The poet says that sweet noise produced during this journey has just returned back to towards the sun. He says that unmixed sound will not stay there for the longer period of the time and they will return back one by one after that.
Sometimes a-dropping from the sky

I heard the sky-lark sing;

Sometimes all little birds that are,

How they seemed to fill the sea and air

With their sweet jargoning!


In the following extract of the poem the poet here uses a beautiful effect of listening to the songs of the sky lark coming directly from the sky. He is also listening to the voices of all marine birds who chirp while sitting on the different trees on the coast of the sea. He feels the pleasant effect of the songs of the different birds during his stay at marine life. The environment of the marine life is filled with the chirping sound of different birds and songs of different marine birds.
And now ’twas like all instruments,

Now like a lonely flute;

And now it is an angel’s song,

That makes the heavens be mute.


The poet says that the mixing of the sounds of the different birds will look like playing of the all musical instruments put together in a sequence. The poet says that ancient mariner in the next moment felt the single sound of playing the flute. The poet says that the music of the flute will look like a heavenly music in the very next moment. It will look like the pleasant voice and the song of the angel of the heaven and the whole heaven will be silent at that moment.
It ceased; yet still the sails made on

A pleasant noise till noon,

A noise like of a hidden brook

In the leafy month of June,

That to the sleeping woods all night

Singeth a quiet tune.


The poet then narrates the more details about the ending of the music that was being played in the marine atmosphere. The ancient mariner says that that the only noise produced by the sails of the ship remained audible in the marine atmosphere. The atmosphere of the sea is filled with the different voices produced by the different marine birds and different creatures. The ancient mariner says that the noise produced by the birds can be compared to the stream that is often hidden in the thick woods. The noise looks like a sweet music produced in the month of leafy month of June.
Till noon we quietly sailed on,

Yet never a breeze did breathe:

Slowly and smoothly went the ship,

Moved onward from beneath.

The poet says that the ancient mariner and their comrades had sailed in the sea for a long period of day in the absence of the heavy wind or air. The ancient mariner claims that the journey of the ship is looked like a slow and steady object in the sea.


Under the keel nine fathom deep,

From the land of mist and snow,

The spirit slid: and it was he

That made the ship to go.

The sails at noon left off their tune,

And the ship stood still also.


The ancient mariner is in quite dejective mood and is trying to convey the information about the journey of the ship. He claims that the spirit had moved far away from the land of mist and snow in that environment. He is conveying the useful information that the ship was moving with the help of the spirit. He says that the spirit has stopped working now and the ship has been ceased in the sea. The ship has stopped making any kind of noise and now it is not moving on the surface of the sea.
The Sun, right up above the mast,

Had fixed her to the ocean:

But in a minute she ‘gan stir,

With a short uneasy motion—

Backwards and forwards half her length

With a short uneasy motion.


The poet now adds the description about the shinning of the sun over the mast of the mariner’s ship in the sea. The poet says that it gives us a impression that the sunlight had ceased the ship over the surface of the sun. Then it started to move immediately and moved in a to and fro motion over the surface of the sun. it remained in the same position after making that movements
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

Then like a pawing horse let go,

She made a sudden bound:

It flung the blood into my head,

And I fell down in a wound.


The poet now observed a bouncing motion by the ship in the sea just like the horse make the motion while they are on their journey. The ancient mariner says that the bouncing movement of the ship made the ancient mariner to feel faint and giddy motions immediately after the incident. The ancient mariner says that he does not know about the exact duration when he remained in this condition. The ancient mariner says that he had heard two different voices before coming back to his senses.
How long in that same fit I lay,

I have not to declare;

But ere my living life returned,

I heard and in my soul discerned

Two voices in the air.


The poet says that ancient mariner is not sure about the presence of the two different sounds in that environment.


‘Is it he?’ quoth one, ‘Is this the man?

By him who died on cross,

With his cruel bow he laid full low

The harmless Albatross.


The poet remembered the whispering of the two sounds in his ear. The one voice addressed to another and tried to inquire that whether ancient mariner was a guilty man or not. Then the voice confirmed by swearing that the ancient mariner has killed the innocent Albatross with his cruel hands.
The spirit who bideth by himself

In the land of mist and snow,

He loved the bird that loved the man

Who shot him with his bow.’


In the following lines the ancient mariner shows his guilt and remorse after killing the innocent Albatros.He says that that it seemed that the bird was in love with him who had been killed by his bow and the spirit was in love with the Albatross.
The other was a softer voice,

As soft as honey-dew:

Quoth he, ‘The man hath penance done,

And penance more will do.’


In the last lines of the poem the ancient mariner says that it seems that the narrator or speaker was meant to be spirit of the peace and justice. The voice heard after the first voice seemed to be mild and softer. His voice seemed to be sweet as honey dew. It was suggested that the man can do good deeds in the future after feeling repentance on killing the bird.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 6, summary analysis


‘But tell me, tell me! speak again,

Thy soft response renewing—

What makes that ship drive on so fast?

What is the ocean doing?’


In the opening stanza of the 6th part of the poem the ancient Mariner is able to hear the two unfamiliar voices in the sea life. The two voices seemed to talk to each other in the soft and gentle way about the sailing of the ship on the surface of the ocean. The two voices are talking about the spirit who is responsible for the motion of the ship on the surface of the ocean. Ancient mariner is wondering about the capability of the ocean.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

Still as a slave before his lord,

The ocean hath no blast;

His great bright eye most silently

Up to the Moon is cast—

If he may know which way to go;

For she guides him smooth or grim.

See, brother, see! how graciously

She looketh down on him.’


The second extract of the sixth part is about the reply in a gentle way from the second voice which had been heard by the ancient mariner in the marine life. The second voice is calming about the capabilities and nature of the ocean. The second voice regards that ocean is submissive in its nature and act as a slave to master. It seemed that the currents of the ocean are not affected by any kind of gust. The ancient mariner compares the bright surface of the sea with his eyes. He says that he felt that the surface is brightening just like his eyes. He explains about his experience of looking at the moon and waiting for a silent reply from the moon. Moon is responsible for the currents produced on the surface of the ocean. The currents can be smoother or stormy according to the size of the moon. The second voice asks from the first voice about the status of the moon regarding looking at the surface of the moon.
But why drives on that ship so fast,

Without or wave or wind?’


The first voice is again pondering over the fact that how the ship is driven so fast on the surface of the ocean in the absence of the wind or sea tides.
‘The air is cut away before,

And closes from behind.


The second voice in an alarming mood informs the first voice about the production of vacuum in the presence of the wind or ocean currents. The second voice is asking about the fact behind the pushing of the ship back with the help of the wind. He explains the exact reason behind the sailing of the ship on the surface of the sun without the air or wind.
Fly, brother, fly! more high, more high!

Or we shall be belated:

For slow and slow that ship will go,

When the Mariner’s trance is abated.’


In thew following lines of the poem the poet uses a strange eefect and one voice addresses the second voice as his brother. The both voices discuss about the fact that the both voices can fly higher and higher. The mariner says that when the matter comes to the ancient mariner the spped of the ship will reduce lower and lower gradually. The ancient mariner regained his consciousness after some interval of time and he felt a strange effect.
I woke, and we were sailing on

As in a gentle weather:

‘Twas night, calm night, the moon was high;

The dead men stood together.


He witnessed that the ship was sailing on the surface of the ocean smoothly and slowly. The ancient mariner then adds the details about the fair weather of the marine life. He says that the night on the sea was cool and bright. He also adds details about the surface of the moon and its bright light. He says that he felt that the dead mariners were standing there and were united.
All stood together on the deck,

For a charnel-dungeon fitter:

All fixed on me their stony eyes,

That in the Moon did glitter.


The poet adds details about all the dead mariners in the following extract of the poem .He say that they remained standing on the surface of the moon. They were looking ready to be thrown into the underground cell which had been meant for the bones of the dead bodies. The all mariners had fixed their eyes and gazed at him with sparkling lights in the presence of the moon light.
The pang, the curse, with which they died,

Had never passed away:

I could not draw my eyes from theirs,

Nor turn them up to pray.


The ancient mariner felt that the intensity of the pain and cursed looks which were responsible for their death had not been disappeared. They were feeling the same pain and hatred received from the people when they killed the Albatross. The ancient mariner felt that they could not be able to shift their eyes and to turn their faces towards sky in order to pray before god.
And now this spell was snapt: once more

I viewed the ocean green,

And looked far forth, yet little saw

Of what had else been seen—


The mariner says that now he is in a different state. He is feeling that the rigor of the cursing state has been broken by the Ancient Mariner. The ancient mariner was looking at the deep green ocean with his eyes in order to feel something strange on the surface of the sun. He had noticed certain things on the surface of the ocean which he had seen before.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

Like one, that on a lonesome road

Doth walk in fear and dread,

And having once turned round walks on,

And turns no more his head;

Because he knows, a frightful fiend

Doth close behind him tread.

Now the feelings of the fear overcame the heart of the ancient mariner. Ancient mariner was feeling the burden of fear and dreadfulness. He could not walk with ease under such heavy burden of fear. He was moving and walking under the fear of something and he turned his path in loneliness again and again. He felt strange feeling of fear that were dominating his mind and heart and he felt that something like devil was still chasing him in the lonely path.


But soon there breathed a wind on me,

Nor sound nor motion made:

Its path was not upon the sea,

In ripple or in shade.


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

In the following extract of the poem the ancient mariner is feeling somewhat relaxed or looking in comfort. The ancient mariner felt that now the soft and gentle wind is blowing over his head. The breeze that was moving over head was without any gush or sound. The movement of the soft breezing did not produce any current on the surface of the ocean. The motion does not create any kind of ripple on the surface of the ocean.

It raised my hair, it fanned my cheek

Like a meadow-gale of spring—

It mingled strangely with my fears,

Yet it felt like a welcoming.


In the following extract of the poem the poet creates a very pleasant effect of the blowing wind over her physical features. He claims in a gentle way that it has caused his hairs to ruffle and her cheeks to flatter. The wind has intensified the fear running over the ancient mariner. He again says that the fear has gone now and he is feeling the pleasant effect of wind.
Swiftly, swiftly flew the ship,

Yet she sailed softly too:

Sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze—

On me alone it blew.


The mariner provides the information about the sailing of the ship on the surface of the ocean in a very quiet and gentle manner. The ship is moving in full quietness. The ancient mariner says that wind was blowing in a gentle and sweet way but it only provided comfort to the ancient mariner over the sailing ship.
Oh! dream of joy! is this indeed

The light-house top I see?

Is this the hill? is this the kirk?

Is this mine own countree?


The ancient mariner in the following extract of the poem adds details about his sighs taken during his dreams.  He saw during his dream the images of hills, mountains and the different house top. He was wondering over the presence of the things in the native land over the surface of the ocean.
We drifted o’er the harbour-bar,

And I with sobs did pray—

O let me be awake, my God!

Or let me sleep alway.


The following extract of the poem contains the useful information about reaching the sea at the nearby harbor. The ancient mariner is filled with endless joy. He is trying to reconcile towards his consciousness or he should return to everlasting sleep in order to get rid from this state of fear and anxiety. He was praying to God in order to get rid from the state of two extremes.


The harbour-bay was clear as glass,

So smoothly it was strewn!

And on the bay the moonlight lay,

And the shadow of the Moon.


The ancient mariner adds necessary details about the environment of the sea. He says that the bay water was looking as fresh as the green ocean and its level was increasing with the help of the smooth wind. It made a clear reflection in the presence of the moon light when the moonlight was spreading over the surface.
The rock shone bright, the kirk no less,

That stands above the rock:

The moonlight steeped in silentness

The steady weathercock.


The ancient mariner claims that the full environment of the sea shone very bright when the sun rays reflected on the surface of the sea. The weather clock in the church looked quiet and peaceful band looking bathing peacefully with the rays of the moon.  The rock on the surface of the ocean was looking so bright. The kirk was also looking shinning in the presence of the rays of moon which were directly affecting the surface of the ocean and the rocks.
And the bay was white with silent light,

Till rising from the same,

Full many shapes, that shadows were,

In crimson colours came.


The ancient mariner adds the details about the bathing of bay in the presence of moonlight. He then saw a dazzling effect of emitting the colorful rays from the surface of the ancient mariner’s ship and it was extending towards the surface of the bay.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

A little distance from the prow

Those crimson shadows were:

I turned my eyes upon the deck—

Oh, Christ! what saw I there!


In the following extract of the poem the ancient mariner is explaining about the dazzling effect of the crimson light coming from the surface. Deep red colored shadow was extending towards the distance from the pointed ship. The ancient mariner was in state of confusion to witness the strange effect of the crimson shadows. He has turned and shifted his eyes from the point and wondered on the creation of the strange effect.
Each corse lay flat, lifeless and flat,

And, by the holy rood!

A man all light, a seraph-man,

On every corse there stood.


The poet here adds details about the dead bodies of the ancient mariner which were laying flat and straight on the surface of the ocean. He again claims that the dead bodies are lying straight as the sign of the Christ. He then adds the details about the appearance of an angel who was looking as bathed in tremendous light. The angel move forward and stood near the dead bodies of the dead ancient mariners. The poet here uses a strange effect about the appearance of the angel. The ancient Mariner now realized that the crimson light which he had observed earlier were the shadows of those angel those were standing near the dead bodies of the ancient mariners.
This seraph-band, each waved his hand:

It was a heavenly sight!

They stood as signals to the land,

Each one a lovely light;


The poet here adds the details about the presence of the seraph band on the surface of the ocean. He says that each member of the seraph band indicated or waved his hand towards the ancient mariner in a very peaceful manner. The sight was depicting as a heavenly sight and the weather was also pleasant. Every member of the seraph was standing there as indication of lovely light.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner line by line explanation part 5 and part 6, summary analysis

This seraph-band, each waved his hand,

No voice did they impart—

No voice; but oh! the silence sank

Like music on my heart.


The poet adds the details about the host of the seraph who has waived his hand towards the shore in a gentle way. They remained silent during the whole process and the whole band did not tried to utter a single word. They did not produce any kind of voice in this journey. The poet says that the whole scene had created a strange effect on his soul and he felt different during the journey. He says that the silent voices were looking like sweet music and deep melody effecting the heart and mind of the ancient mariner on the surface of the sun.
But soon I heard the dash of oars,

I heard the Pilot’s cheer;

My head was turned perforce away

And I saw a boat appear.


After the sometime the ancient mariner used to hear a strange sound of the splashing. The splashing sound was produced from the boat oars. He also used to hear the welcome sound from the pilot. After hearing the voice he immediately turned his head and remained silent to witness the whole scene. A few moments later he felt that his head was turned forcefully to hear the noise of the coming boat towards the shore of the sea.
The Pilot and the Pilot’s boy,

I heard them coming fast:

Dear Lord in Heaven! it was a joy

The dead men could not blast.

I saw a third—I heard his voice:

It is the Hermit good!

He singeth loud his godly hymns

That he makes in the wood.

He’ll shrieve my soul, he’ll wash away

The Albatross’s blood.


The poet then refers towards the presence of the pilot and his son in the ship. He is amazed to see both the figures in the sea. He assumed that they were coming fast towards the shore of the sea. He was filled with his joy and felt amazement on their presence in that environment. The ancient mariner clarifies about the intensity of his joy that he forgot about the presence of the dead bodies there on the surface of the sea. No one can spoil the joy of the ancient mariner. In the last and final extract of the poem the poet hears the third voice in the surface of the sea. The third voice was the voice of the Hermet who was indebted to sing beautiful hymns and sing them with pure and super heart. The ancient mariner was thinking that he will soon hear a confessional voice after that. He will be able to get rid his soul from the guilt and can be a pure person now. He thought that the curse of killing the bird will immediately wash away from his concise and he will be a free man.


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