The Rime of the Modern Mariner

The Rime of the Modern Mariner

Book - 2012
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Deep in a polluted city, a heartbroken office worker escapes to a park bench. He is joined by a mariner who has a tale to tell. Cursed by an albatross he slew whilst hunting whales, the mariner and his crew find themselves stranded within the North Pacific Garbage Patch: a vast, hypoxic, slow-whirling maelstrom of plastic waste; a hidden repository for the world's litter. The mariner comes face-to-face with the consequences of man's excessive consumption--along the way meeting various characters of our current environmental tragedy: a lady made of oil, a deserted ghost-ship drilling barge...Medusa, Poseidon, Thor and others make cameo appearances.--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780670025800
Branch Call Number: Haye


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Jun 23, 2013

It's been a long time since I have read "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," so after finishing this book, I went a did a quick re-read of the poem to compare/contrast the two pieces, specifically the tone of the authors. I found the Hayes piece to be darker: instead of a wedding guest, the tale is told to a divorcee, which sucks the hope right out of the entire piece. But when the Mariner tells the tale of floating on all the environmental waste, the reader can truly feel the hopelessness of what he is facing. The artwork that accompanies the poem is elegant and clever. The use of repetition in imagery creates the same effect as the language's user of rhyme and rhythm - and replicates what we see in nature.

Feb 13, 2013

An appropriate and respectful modernization of the original poem. I'm glad to have read this.

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