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The Myth of the Mariner The word “myth” has evolved to mean something false. The origin of the word, however, the Greek “mythos” or “true narrative,” is a parable that tells a larger truth and helps make sense of an often chaotic world.

“Water, water,

In the repertoire of story and song, the recurring Myth of the Mariner provides an enduring metaphor for facing the challenges of everyday life. This hero’s journey into the vast unknown tracks the mariner’s elusive quest; to overcome great obstacles and break free of what is thought to be humanly possible; to survive, thrive and somehow triumph in the end.

to drink.”

everywhere; Nor any drop

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 1797

From the story of Noah’s Ark, to Queen Calafia (p.14), and from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to the plot lines of modern day film, the myth of the mariner is a story that often channels the anxieties of the age in which it is told. The Mariner’s journey is fraught with the peril of that larger fear and apprehension: the wrath of God, the temptations of spirits, survival, violence, slavery, oppression, war, nuclear annihilation; each has formed the subtext of the retelling of the tale, and the underlying anxiety about what happens next. With the suspense of this challenge, success hinges on persistence, fortitude and the ability to find clever solutions as problems arise. Once the mariner reaches the goal of the quest, the story invariably ends by completing the cycle and returning to the safety and comfort of home.

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