The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Assess "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" as a ballad.

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A ballad in literature is a narrative poem that usually tells a dramatic story. Early ballads in English and Irish literature that were handed down orally are folk ballads; their authors are unknown. Ballads that are composed as literary works by identified authors are literary ballads. "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is a literary ballad by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one that tells a very enthralling story of supernatural events on a ship at sea.

Traditionally, ballads are composed in four-line stanzas. They follow a set pattern of rhythm.

  • The first and third lines are iambic tetrameter, meaning they follow a weak/strong pattern of rhythm; each line has four strong beats as the syllables of the words are pronounced.
  • The second and fourth lines...

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