Since his last outing as host of Blawg Review, Colin Samuels, of Infamy or Praise, has had, shall we say, an albatross around his neck: three towering achievements based on a literary trilogy, and the need to persevere despite Dante's failure to write more than three canticas in his Divine Comedy. Well, today he has more than met our expectations, with a Blawg Review inspired by The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
He brings the rest of us blawgers into the picture, too:
This then becomes the cycle of the Mariner's life. As the voice had predicted during his return, he continues his penance for what he has done. The nature of that penance is described by the Mariner:
Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns;
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.
I pass, like night, from land to land;
I have strange power of speech;
That moment that his face I see,
I know the man that must hear me:
To him my tale I teach.
A slightly-creepy guy telling stories to anyone who'll pause to listen? Give that Ancient Mariner a Blogger account and a pair of pajamas!