CAW Challenge 3: Poetry Challenge

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Reporting on the “Big Read” of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner The Guardian writes: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a founding fable for our time. A fable must by definition revolve around an animal, and in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s nightmare the slain albatross hangs around the fated sailor’s neck like a broken cross, an emblem of his sin against nature. It is all too relevant today, as a statement of isolation and despair: “Alone, alone, all, all alone, / Alone on a wide, wide sea!” Yet in that forlorn expression is great power; the power of art to change us.”

The Big Read hosted by the University of Plymouth’s Art Institute split the 150 verses of The Rime into 40 sections, to be read by performers, writers, and poets. We are more ambitious than that!

Robin Green, who is coordinating this challenge writes: “We are looking for seven people who would be prepared to learn a part of this poem and recite it on Zoom following the morning service at Pentecost (31st May). If you are willing to do this, please contact me as soon as possible (I am desperate for volunteers!). While the Ancient Mariner is not a religious poem, it is very far from an irreligious one and is a rather good ghost story with an environmental theme. We hope that many members of the congregation will sponsor the brave folk who will be learning and reciting part of this poem and will tune in to  ear it at Pentecost. Please sponsor them if you can, say at one pence a line, or even more.”

Here is how it works:

  • sign up by letting Robin know (email him or fill the form below). He will assign you one of the 7 parts of the rime.
  • find a sponsor (if you cannot find a sponsor, we will help to find one for you!). You are of course also free to find more than one sponsor!
  • learn your part by heart by 31st May
  • present the rime in a ZOOM recital after the service on 31st May

Get in touch today to sign up:


For full info about all our Christian Aid Week(s) activities go to: Christian Aid Week 2020


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