arrogance and pride, even the slight and careless thought that we might be better then other animals or people, gets taught a hard hard lesson in humility through suffering. Told as a nightmare dream, endless and terrible, and even repeating itself unpredictably throughout the future, the mariner is taught that only love, for all life and creation, will suffice. Very Christian, but perhaps a little pantheistic too with its inclusion of all life, it is one of the truly great poems of English Literature. And too it makes one hell of an impression and can be gone back to over a life time for inspiration and understanding. Very very fine (Report) Reply
In Dartmouth, despite his growing popularity and renown as an astute wit and party man, Ted continued to remain aloof. Said one classmate: "He was not gregarious in the sense of hail-fellow-well-met; there was no sense of self-importance about him. But when he walked into a room it was like magician's act. Birds flew out of his hands, and endless bright scarves and fireworks. Everything became brighter, happier, funnier. And he didn't try. Everything Ted did seemed to be a surprise, even to him."