The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, read by Richard Burton (Video 28 mins)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, perhaps the greatest narrative poem in the English language,  was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (pictured) in 1797-1798 at the early age of 25-26.

It is possibly one of the most evocative sea poems ever written, the result of reading many of old travel books and accounts of sea voyages in exotic lands.  Here is the cult classic reading of the poem by Richard Burton, a recitation that has never been equalled. Don’t be put off by the irritating background music with which the poem opens; thankfully, this only lasts a minute or two. Read More