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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Changes and there effect In the 1798 and the 1817 text of the The Rime of the Ancient Mariner There are certain changes Changes that effect the poem and the way that the reader sees the poem Some of these changes include reading devices called glosses There are many reasons for the glosses to be put into the poem One of the reasons is to help the reader interpret lines in the poem that can be confusing These glosses are a brief interpretation of the stanza so that the reader will understand it the way that Coleridge intended them to An example of this is I woke and we were sailing on As in a gentle weather Twas night calm night the moon was high The dead man stand together The gloss reads as follows The supernatural motion is retarded The mariner awakes and his penance Begins anew 1817 61 The reader might not understand how to interpret the stanza they could interpret however they wanted to Coleridge placed the glosses in so that the reader would understand the Mariner woke up and realized that he had done his penance These glosses are also there to make the text look more scholarly It makes the text look a lot neater also Another change that was made between the 1798 and the 1817 was the spelling In the 1798 version of the poem the spelling is very old fashion It makes the reader feel as if the poem was extremely old In the 1817 text the spelling in the text is much more modern It seems as if Coleridge was updating the poem to keep up with the times I believe he wanted to keep people interested in the story so he updated the language to make it easer for people to under stand Here is an example The 1798 version With throat unslackd with black
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