The Great Reading Challenge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner student review

  • Title: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Genre: Poetry/Classic stories
  • Available in library?: Yes but eBook version only not Graphic Novel

Category – Graphic Novel  – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Student Review

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, often used by schools for students to study, who find it difficult to get through and hard to understand. However, this is the Hunt Emerson edition, who has rendered it into graphic novel form and in doing so created a book that is actually fun to read. It follows the story of a sailor who sets out on a long journey. He then commits a “terrible crime” and is severely punished for his actions. It is not meant to be a funny story but Emerson’s drawings make it so. With illustrations for every turn of phrase and simile, this book has never failed to make me laugh at least once on a read-through. It combines an originally tough read with humour and wit, making it an excellent read for both old and young. These images correspond perfectly with the text- saving it from boring the readers. It is not a very long story but is good for a quick read. My favourite parts include the albatross and the way it makes fun of the story being told. I would recommend this book for 10+ year olds and would give it a 4/5.

To learn more about this classic poem and the author Samuel Taylor-Coleridge

Thank you

Library Staff

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