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Mervyn Peake. Illustrations to Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 1943.

Striking illustrations to the work of English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1798. Rime of the Ancient Mariner was a signal shift to modern poetry and the beginning of British Romantic literature. Peake numbered his drawings keying them to exact lines of text as follows (top to bottom): I.  The sun came up upon the left, Out of the sea came he! And he shone bright, and on the right Went down into the sea. II.  ..‘with my cross-bow I shot the Albatross.’ III.  Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung. IV.  I bit my arms, I sucked the blood And cried ‘A sail! a sail!’ V.  Her lips were red, her looks were free Her locks were yellow as gold her skin was white as leprosy, The Night-mare Life-in-Death was she, Who thicks man’s blood with cold. VI.  Alone, alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide, wide sea! VII.  I could not draw my eyes from theirs nor turn them up to pray. VIII.  I pass like night, from land to land.