📑 Why Willem Dafoe, Iggy Pop and more are reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to us

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Slavery, ecocide, plague … the warnings of Coleridge’s poem resound down the ages. Now 40 actors, musicians and authors are performing in a daily mass-reading

The University of Plymouth spent three years putting together a shared reading of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Philip Hoare summarises why this poem is so important.

It is not despite but because of its narcotic wildness that The Rime became one of the most referenced works of poetry ever. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, to Fleetwood Mac, Iron Maiden and Public Image Ltd’s “Albatross” – a screech of post-punk angst sung by John Lydon – it is the one poem that almost everyone can quote. Lines including “All creatures great and small” and “Water, water, everywhere” have become part of the lexicon.

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