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Parallels to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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This was originally posted as a reply to Glyph's blog "A Hopeful Richard Happening" and I thought it was interesting enough to post as its own blog here. Glyph mentioned The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (albeit without knowing that it was a Coleridge poem long before it was an Iron Maiden song but hey, nobody's perfect) and it got me thinking...

I hadn't even thought of that poem in relation to LOST but now that I think of it, there are a number of parallels between the two. The mariner is cruising about when a storm pushes his ship to Antarctica (you know, where the Russian guys are stationed) where he kills an albatross on the way out (big bird, think hurleybird) after which he runs across a ghost ship with two opposed entities who are playing dice for the souls of the men on the ship (I wonder where else I've heard about two supernatural entities playing a game, possibly for souls...). In the end the mariner wanders the earth telling his story as payback for killing the albatross (maybe Richard's function somehow?). Anyway, I thought that was interesting, especially because I don't remember the poem being referenced in the show.

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