Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Hardbound, large format
Illustrated by Sophia Montefiore
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of the great classics of English Literature, considered by many to be the greatest ballad ever written in English. Composed at the end of the eighteenth century by Coleridge, its unique qualities have continued to capture the imagination of readers and artists throughout the ages.
Readers, particularly high school students, respond with awe to the power of the super-reality in the poem, seeing through the mariner’s eyes the vast expanses of ocean and the elements. It’s expression of human suffering and the difficult journey toward harmonizing our inner extremes speaks as well to the hearts of adolescents and young adults especially.
The creation of the 30 illustrations in this book by Sophia Montefiore was impelled by an abiding fascination with Coleridge’s perspectives into the world of the soul and the elemental powers of nature.