British library exhibition: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

10 Jan

Historical artistic interpretation

It took me right back to A-Level English Literature, and the in-depth analysis of the infamous lyrical ballads of William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. From this exhibit Coleridge came across as quite a sorrowful fellow. It told the spectator of his great opportunities, the visionaries he was given the pleasure of working with, and his utter failures. Called a coward for walking out on the war, being declared insane. Coleridge’s tale is one just as sad of the tale of the ‘Rime of the ancient Mariner’.

The only verse that sticks in my memory was of the albatross – which bore great religious relevence to the tale:

At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God’s name.

I also played spectator to the great ‘King’s Library’ that sits directly in the centre of the library. It’s arrangement of books is breathtaking as you venture up the stairs. You’re able to sit work eat and talk around the grandeur of this historic library, with books that look just as powerful as I expect the words to be.

You can also become a member of the British library, if you are a student they are very welcoming – however you must leave your coats and pens et cetera in the basement cloakrooms. It’s a lovely experience, and the great many resources the library has are astounding. Humanities sections, business sections – it’s all there at your disposal, and in such ominous surroundings.

Here’s a snippet of my day there:

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