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O shrieve me, shrieve me holy man!
Repentance to atone for sins
And till my ghastly tale is told the heart within me burns
Links to the idea of repentance and can therefore illustrate Coleridge’s Christian beliefs. Furthermore, it coincides with the story of Cain being forced to wander this earth for eternity.
A sadder and a wiser man
Does knowledge always lead to happiness? By the Wedding Guest knowing the Mariner’s story, Coleridge is commenting on society’s extreme thirst for knowledge and the fact it leads to a slow death of the beauty of the world. As Coleridge is a Romantic writer he may’ve shared the views of other Romantic writers such as Keats, who coined the phrase Negative Capability, to appreciate beauty over knowledge.
“Glistening eye” (part 1) “The Mariner, whose eye is bright” (part 7).
The Mariner is still the same person even though he has gone through telling his epic tale to the Wedding Guest. Coleridge highlights the contrast between the Wedding Guest’s changed mind from knowing the story and the Mariners eyes being no different and still holding the same shine.
And ever and anon throughout his future life an agony constraineth him to travel from land to land
Metaphorical representation of guilt and highlights the eternal damnation that the Mariner is forced to deal with.
To him my tale I teach.
Illustrates how Coleridge uses the Mariner as a vessel to “teach”readers his didactic message. Also links to how negatively the Mariner is affected by his transgression and the manifestation of guilt causes the tale to be taught continuously.