Mariner Hardback

A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge

by Malcolm Guite;

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A prestige telling of one of the perennial poetic voices, the life of Samuel Taylor is explored by poet, theologian, and song-writer Malcolm Guite.

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An idea gift for the lover of poetry, discover the life of the mind behind the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner in this accomplished biography from  Malcolm Guite. A thoughtful and insightful look at the life, and theology, of the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mariner will plumb the greater depths of great thalassic poem. 

A new biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, shaped and structured around the story he himself tells in his most famous poem, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'.

Though the 'Mariner' was written in 1797 when Coleridge was only twenty-five, it was an astonishingly prescient poem. As Coleridge himself came to realise much later, this tale - of a journey that starts in high hopes and good spirits, but leads to a profound encounter with human fallibility, darkness, alienation, loneliness and dread, before coming home to a renewal of faith and vocation - was to be the shape of his own life. In this rich new biography, academic, priest and poet Malcolm Guite draws out how with an uncanny clarity, image after image and event after event in the poem became emblems of what Coleridge was later to suffer and discover.

Of course 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' is more than just an individual's story: it is also a profound exploration of the human condition and, as Coleridge says in his gloss, our 'loneliness and fixedness'. But the poem also offers hope, release, and recovery; and Guite also draws out the continuing relevance of Coleridge's life and writing to our own time.

Mariner by Malcolm Guite was published by Hodder & Stoughton General Division in February 2017 and is our 42910th best seller. The ISBN for Mariner is 9781473611054.

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Details for Mariner

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division (February 2017)
Number of Pages352
Thickness41 mm
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4476710
Page last updated 26th May 2018
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