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In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," lines 582-590.  What must the Mariner continue...

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rts-18 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 17, 2010 at 12:34 PM via web

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In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," lines 582-590.  What must the Mariner continue to do throughout the rest of his life?

Since then, at an unertain hour,

That agony returns:

And still my ghastly tale is told,

This heart within me burns.

I pass like night, from land to land;

I have strange power of speech;

That moment that his face I see,

I  know the man that must hear me:

To him my tale I teach.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 17, 2010 at 2:53 PM (Answer #1)

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In these lines, the Mariner is being told what he has to do to make up for his sin.  He must spend the rest of his life telling people about what he did.  You can see that in the last line, especially.

One thing that this poem is about how people should love nature; that is why it was wrong for the Mariner to shoot the bird.  The poem is also about repentance and guilt.  So we see this command to the Mariner.  He has to feel his guilt and he has to spend the rest of his life showing that he has repented for the sin that he committed.

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