The Ancient Mariner, Watchet

by David Murray on 18 June 2011

in Poets, Somerset, South West

Ancient Mariner with Albatross

Ancient Mariner with Albatross

On Saturday we had a rather damp experience of the Quantock Hills until we arrived at Watchet harbour, when the sun came out to greet us. I’ll write more about Watchet later, but for now here is a picture of the statue in the harbour area. The Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived for several years not far from here, in Nether Stowey. His friends the Wordsworths, probably better known for their time in the Lake District at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, were also nearby at Alfoxton for a time. The statue is to commemorate the writing of Coleridge’s longest, and possibly greatest, poem “The Ancient Mariner” in which the mariner shoots a giant albatross (incidentally, wing span up to eleven feet) that was following his ship and is condemned to have it tied to his neck for life.

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