The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Why does Coleridge repeat the lines "he cannot choose, but her" and "I fear thee ancient mariner"?

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Repeated lines often refer to a specific theme or concept that the author wants to be clear. "I fear thee ancient mariner" refers to the Wedding-guest's fear that the Mariner is supernatural. Before the mariner finishes his story, the guest believes that he is a ghost. The mariner must calm these fears. The theme to which this points is the supernatural nature of the story.

I believe the other line that you are asking about is "he cannot choose, but hear." This shows that even though the wedding guest is...

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