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" Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water-snakes: They moved in tracks of shining white, And when they reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes. Within the shadow of the ship I watched their rich attire: Blue, glossy green, and velvet... "
The Poetical and Dramatic Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: With a Life of ... - Page 94
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 1836 - 403 pages
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Crab, Shrimp, and Lobster Lore: Gathered Amongst the Rocks at the Sea-shore ...

William Barry Lord - Crabs - 1867 - 122 pages
...too, desport after their own manner:— " Beyond the shadow of the ship I watched the water snakes ; They moved in tracks of shining white, And when they...swam ; and every track Was a flash of golden fire." " Ancient Mariner.' The subject of the annexed illustration is the common slender Spider Crab (Stenorynchus...
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The Complete Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: With an ..., Volume 7

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - 1868
...water burnt alway A still and awful red. Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water-snakes : They moved in tracks of shining white, And when they...reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes. By the light o! the Moon li beholdeth God' creatures of Hi great calm. Their beauty and their happiness....
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The Cruise of the Betsey; Or, A Summer Holiday in the Hebrides

Hugh Miller - Geology - 1869 - 486 pages
...description of Coleridge, and felt all its beauty : — " They moved in tracks of shining white, Aud when they reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary...of the ship I watched their rich attire, — Blue, glassy green, and velvet black : They curled, and swam, and every track Was a flash of golden fire."...
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Imagining the Pacific: In the Wake of the Cook Voyages

Bernard Smith - Art - 1992 - 262 pages
...account should be compared with the stanza: Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water-snakes: They moved in tracks of shining white, And when they...reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes. Forster's graphic description compares well with the descriptions from Bourzes91 and from Cook's third...
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Coleridge and Textual Instability: The Multiple Versions of the Major Poems

Jack Stillinger - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 272 pages
...load] cloud 1817u (corrected to load in 1817c and by hand in 1817 Copies A, B, C, E, F, H, J, L, M) 275 And when they reared, the elfish light Fell off in...rich attire: Blue, glossy green, and velvet black, 280 They coiled and swam; and every track Was a flash of golden fire. O happy living things! no tongue...
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Coleridge's Submerged Politics: The Ancient Mariner and Robinson Crusoe

Patrick J. Keane - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 419 pages
...111*1 fillip I watch'd the water-snakes: They mov'd in tracks of shining white: And when they rear'd, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes. Within the shadow of the ship I watch'd their rich attire: Blue, glossy green, and velvet black They coil'd and swam; and every track...
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The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry

Carl R. Woodring, James Shapiro - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 891 pages
...beholdeth God's creatures of the great calm. Beyond the shadow of the ship, I watched the water-snakes: They moved in tracks of shining white. And when they...swam; and every track Was a flash of golden fire. 280 Their beauty and their happiness. He blesseth them in hrs heart. O happy living things! no tongue...
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Romanticism and the Androgynous Sublime

Warren Stevenson - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 153 pages
...Coleridge is once more anticipating the apocalyptic moment when the Mariner blesses the water snakes: blue, glossy green, and velvet black, They coiled...swam; and every track Was a flash of golden fire. (278-80) Coleridge is saying we cannot apprehend God directly, but only indirectly, through his creatures,...
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Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery ...

Nancy Dean - Education - 2000 - 141 pages
...beautiful! And they all dead did lie: And a thousand thousand slimy things Lived on; and so did I. Within the shadow of the ship I watched their rich...swam; and every track Was a flash of golden fire. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Discuss: 1. These stanzas from "The Rime...
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Renaissance

Andrew Graham-Dixon - Art - 1999 - 336 pages
...effects may recall, too, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's descriptions of watersnakes, in The Ancient Mariner. 'They moved in tracks of shining white, / And when...reared, the elfish light / Fell off in hoary flakes . . . They coiled and swam; and every track /Was a flash of golden fire.'"' The climactic work in Tintoretto's...
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