How does the Ancient Marriner symbolize the feelings of guilt and loneliness in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

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In Part II of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," several different symbols represent the Mariner's guilt and loneliness after he has killed the albatross.

The first stanza of Part II describes the sun, saying that it "hid in mist," which foreshadows the mist and fog to come that obscures the way of the ship in Part II. The darkness of the mist interferes with the passage of the ship, much like the dark emotions of guilt interferes with the Mariner's previously positive state of mind.

In the sixth stanza of Part II, "the sails dropt down,/'Twas sad as sad could be." The description of the drooping sails contains a strong visual image of a ship that has lost its power and its drive to move forward. This image of the empty sails that droop from the absence of wind symbolizes the feelings of despair that cause the Mariner's spirits to drop and also cause him lose his own ambition to carry on.

In the final stanza of Part II, the Mariner's guilt is complete and hangs about him like "the...

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