The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner ANALYSIS: TITLE

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The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Analysis (Title) 

The title has different levels of meaning. On the most basic level, the poem is a "rhyme" – that is, it has rhyming verses – told by an old sailor, or mariner. Simple enough.

But why is "rhyme" spelled "rime"? Ah, now it gets interesting. In addition to "rhyme," the word "rime" means frost, and specifically the frost that forms in fog and wind when the temperature cools


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