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The Sun now rose upon the right: Out of the sea came he, Still hid in mist, and on the left Went down into the sea. a. To which direction were the Mariner and his fellow-mariners sailing at this point of the story? b. What kind of weather did it become? c. What effect was assessed-by the fellow-mariners in. the death of the Albatross?
a. The Mariner and his fellow-mariners were sailing towards the north at this point of time. b. The weather became pleasant with the south wind. Blowing from behind and the sun rising in the sky. c. The fellow-mariners assessed that the death of the Albatross had resulted in the rising of the sun and the blowing of the south wind.
And the good south wind still blew behind, But no sweet bird did follow Nor any day for food or play Came to the mariners' hollo ! a. To which direction was the Mariner's ship now going? b. What did the Mariner feel in the killing of the Albatross? c. What did the fellow-mariners say to the Mariner about the killing of the Albatross?
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. Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay, That made the breeze to blow! a. The hellish thing that the narrator had done ....... b. it would work' em woe." This prediction proved .......... c. Who is “I”, in these lines? Who are 'all' here? d. Why does he say that he had done a hellish thing? e. What was the result of the speaker's doing? f. How does the poet lend a poetic effect to the second line?
Nor dim nor red, like God's own head, The glorious Sun uprist : Then all averred, I had killed the bird That brought the fog and mist. Twas right, said they, such birds to slay, That bring the fog and mist. a. Name the bird that the ancient Mariner had killed. b. Why has the sun been described as 'glorious' at this point in the poem? c. What change do these lines indicate in the sailors' attitude? d. What does this change of attitude reflect about the sailors' nature?
The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew, The furrow followed free; We were the first that ever burst Into that silent sea. a. What device has been employed in the first two lines? What effect goes it create? b. Who are ‘we’? Where had they reached? c. What happens when they enter 'that silent sea'?
Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down, 'Twas sad as sad could be ; And we did speak only to break The silence of the sea! a. What reasons do you see in the stopping of the wind now? b. What added to the sadness of the place?
All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody Sun, at noon, Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the Moon. a. What do you think happened to the Mariner's ship? b. What kind of weather did it become when; the Mariner and his ship were stuck there? c. What was the main hardship faced by the Mariner and his fellow-mariners when they were trapped in such a situation?
Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. a. Who was stuck and where? b. What is the effect of the repetition in the first line? c. What literary device is used in the last two lines? What effect does it create?
Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink. a. Give the context of these lines? b. What two sufferings of the mariners are described in these lines? c. Why does the poet say that there was no drop to drink even though there was water everywhere?
The very deep did rot: 0 Christ! That ever this should be! Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs Upon the slimy sea. a. Why does the poet say that the sea was rotting? b. What do these lines reflect about the sailors' state of mind? c. What are the 'slimy things with legs'? d. Which word has been repeated? What is its effect?
About, about in reel and rout. The death fires danced at night: The water, like a witche’s oil. Burnt green, and blue and white. a. What do you understand by ‘reel’ and ‘rout’? b. What do the death fires represent? c. Describe the simile given in the last two lines?
And some in dreams assured were Of the Spirit that plagued us so; Nine fathom deep he had followed us From the land of mist and snow. a. Who was being followed by whom? b. What was the reason of this chase? c. Why does the narrator feel they are being 'plagued'? Give two reasons.
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. a. Whose tongues were parched? b. According to the ancient mariner, what had brought about the bad luck? c. Explain the comparison used in the reference.
Ah! Well a day! What evil looks Had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung. a. Who is ‘I’ in these lines? b. Who gives him evil looks and why? c. Why did they hang the Albatross around the speaker’s neck? d. Briefly explain the sailor’s attitude towards the death of Albatross. e. Why does the poet say ‘instead of the cross’ the Albatross was hung around his neck?

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