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Read why I think the idea for Pirates of the Caribbean the Curse of the Black Pearl is taken from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner".
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Steven Taylor Coleridge
After reading this poem one morning with John and Sarah for our homeschool...a great way to start the school day, by the way, by reading great books out loud together...yes, even if they're teenagers...I noticed several similarities of this poem to the newer media presentation of the Pirates of the Caribbean the Curse of the Black Pearl.
Why do I think the movie makers of Pirates of the Caribbean the Curse of the Black Pearl got the idea from this poem?
Glad you asked.
In Pirates of the Caribbean the Curse of the Black Pearl, they are under a curse, in this poem there is a White Albatross which gets killed, putting the crew under a curse.
And it would work 'em woe:
For all averr'd, I had kill'd the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!"
The crew all die, except the Ancient Mariner.
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan),
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
They dropp'd down one by one."
The crew (although dead) helped him man the ship.
Yet now the ship moved on!
Beneath the lightning and the moon
The dead men gave a groan.
They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose,
Nor spake, nor moved their eyes;
It had been strange, even in a dream,
To have seen those dead men rise.
The helmsman steered, the ship moved on;
Yet never a breeze up blew;
The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,
Where they were wont to do;
They raised their limbs like lifeless tools -
We were a ghastly crew.
The body of my brother's son
Stood by me, knee to knee:
The body and I pulled at one rope,
But he said nought to me."
I fear thee, ancient Mariner!'
"Be calm, thou Wedding-Guest!
'Twas not those souls that fled in pain,
Which to their corses came again,
But a troop of spirits blest:
Doesn't that remind you of Pirates of the Caribbean the Curse of the Black Pearl?
Dead men under a curse.
"I woke, and we were sailing on
As in a gentle weather:
'Twas night, calm night, the moon was high;
The dead men stood together.
All stood together on the deck,
For a charnel-dungeon fitter:
All fixed on me their stony eyes,
That in the moon did glitter.
The pang, the curse, with which they died,
Had never passed away:
I could not draw my eyes from theirs,
Nor turn them up to pray.
They return to being dead men.
A little distance from the prow
Those crimson shadows were:
I turned my eyes upon the deck -
Oh, Christ! what saw I there!
Each corse lay flat, lifeless and flat,
And, by the holy rood!
A man all light, a seraph-man,
On every corse there stood.
This seraph-band, each waved his hand:
It was a heavenly sight!
They stood as signals to the land,
Each one a lovely light;
This seraph-band, each waved his hand,
No voice did they impart -
No voice; but oh! the silence sank
Like music on my heart.
Well known sayings:
Ever wonder where the popular saying, "Water, water everywhere and and all the boards did shrink, Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink," came from...Yup, you guessed it, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."
Or how about the saying, "like an albatross around my neck"? Yup again...the Ancient Mariner.
About my neck was hung."
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all."
Next time you see an Albatross...best leave it be.
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