Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Day Two of the Drake: Sea Ice !

Today was a day pushing through the ice. I'm not sure what to say about so much strangeness and beauty so I'll just post this quote which flitted about my mind today.

From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1798:

And no there came both mist and snow,
And it grew wondrous cold:
And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
As green as emerald.

The land of ice, and of fearful sounds where no living thing was to be seen.

And through the drifts the snowy clifts
Did send a dismal sheen:
Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken--
The ice was all between.

The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
like noises in a swound !


Anonymous said...

Dear Ms. Hamlin,
How is your trip going? What are the five most exciting things that happened to you/most exciting thing that you saw? I hope you have had a lot of fun in Antartica. How cold is it? I am looking forward to knowing the answers to all these questions!

Love, Danielle Smith
Ms. Goodlad's class

elizabeth said...

I love the poem! The ancient mariner is a traveler telling his story to an enraptured audience -- perfect choice for your blog.

Cerise said...

Wow, your life is so much more exciting than mine! My blog is all about my dog. Those look like lily pads made of ice. So beautiful!