"I never saw aught like to them,
Unless perchance it were
"Brown skeletons of leaves that lag
My forest-brook along;..."
See in text (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Seven Parts)
The Hermit uses an extended autumnal metaphor to describe the ship’s dilapidated state. He draws on images of “brown skeletons of leaves” and “ivy-tod [or group of ivy leaves] heavy with snow” to describe what he’s seeing.
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