This poem is divided into seven parts and it was composed between 1797 and 1798. It tells about a story of a mariner who kills an albatross. This story is told by a mariner during a marriage, which tells of how his ship had been blocked by ice at the South Pole and how the arrival of an albatross has brought a good luck with breaking the ice, but the fleet was hit by a curse and all the sailors died except one, who had killed the bird, and he tells his story to the people he met.
This poem is written in the form of a medieval ballad. In the poem reality and supernatural events coexist, and the landscape is described as a mysterious place.
At the end, “Death” and “Life in death” come to play dice. Death wins the lives of the crew members and Life-in-Death the life of the mariner: he has to wander the earth and tell eternally his story.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner