Rime of the Ancyent Marinere

For 'The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere' three different versions of the text were coded and mapped: the poem as first published in Wordsworth and Coleridge’s collection Lyrical Ballads of 1798; in the second edition of 1800; and in its 1817 version published by Coleridge in Sibylline Leaves. The power of the chronotopic model for understanding poetic place and space is here revealed comparatively.  Whilst there are relatively minor textual changes between 1798 and 1800 there is a separate 'Argument' at the front of the poem which creates its own separate mini-chronotope and anticipates the way that, in 1817, Coleridge adds a 'gloss' to the entire poem. This creates a separate paratextual space of its own alongside the base text.