The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner By Samuel Coleridge Essay

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The Main Text or the Marginal Gloss: Which Do You Prefer?

In the poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge, the marginal glosses beside the main text, are included within the framework of the poem. The function of the marginal glosses is there to explain/summarize the poem from a different perspective. As readers, we question, why are there glosses in the story? What is the use of them being there? Well, I do not think anyone knows why they are there for, but we can inteperate that they are to foreshadow and act like a “spellbound” to help understand the main text. The comparison of the main text and the marginal glosses are there to help the reader’s understand what is going on in the poem from two different perspectives. However, in contrast between the main text and the marginal glosses is that everyone’s interpretation of the poem might be different, so the marginal glosses might be of no use to the readers and as with the main text; it by itself without the marginal gloss could be easy to understand. Throughout this poem, Coleridge’s main text of the poem is there as like entertainment/moral interpretation for the readers. On the other hand, the use of the marginal glosses, they are as like a guide in mastering what Coleridge is referring to in each line of the poem. They are three speakers in the poem; the mariner, the marginal gloss and Coleridge himself. Within the poem, Coleridge understands the text, the mariner understands as well, but it…

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