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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner | Study Guide

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Author

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Year Published

1798

Type

Poetry

Genre

Drama

Perspective and Narrator

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner has two levels of narrative: it is a story within a story. The narrator uses a third-person limited voice. This narrator knows the thoughts of the Wedding Guest but not of the Mariner. However, the Wedding Guest is only present at the beginning and end of the poem for the most part.

Tense

Both the present and past tense are used in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

About the Title

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a rime, an alternate spelling of rhyme, told by an old sailor, or a mariner. The ancientness of his status suggests a kind of eternal wisdom, as if the Mariner has something to share with readers. However, rime can also mean "frost," an icy substance that can form on sails and ships. Antarctica, one of the locations detailed in the poem, also evokes this frosty image. The Mariner, too, is often described with frost imagery.

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