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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Which segments are repeated throughout "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?" Describe at least four and explain why they are repeated.

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Coleridge repeats several phrases, ideas, and segments through the text of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and often the repetition is to emphasize something that happened or the danger of the situation that the sailors are in. The repetition reinforces key points in the action and key themes in the text.

For example, when the boat first gets caught in the ice, the poem says "the ice was here, the ice was there, / the ice was all around" (lines 59-60). The repetition of the segment emphasizes how enclosed by ice these sailors were. It reinforces how dangerous the situation is and how isolated these men are.

Later, the narrator emphasizes his crime in killing the albatross, saying that "I had kill'd the bird / that made the breeze to blow. / Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay / that made the breeze to blow!" (lines 93-96). He repeats the idea that he killed the bird and that this bird somehow had the power to create wind for the sails of his ship. The repetition here emphasizes the...

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