And he stoppeth one of three
The poet is referring to himself. It should be noted that Coleridge switches frequently the first and third person voices within the poem.
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It is interesting that the Mariner stops only one of the three individuals. Questions abound — will only one person listen to his song? Does this one person need to hear what the mariner has to say? Or is is just a coincidence?
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