It's been a long time since I have read "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," so after finishing this book, I went a did a quick re-read of the poem to compare/contrast the two pieces, specifically the tone of the authors. I found the Hayes piece to be darker: instead of a wedding guest, the tale is told to a divorcee, which sucks the hope right out of the entire piece. But when the Mariner tells the tale of floating on all the environmental waste, the reader can truly feel the hopelessness of what he is facing. The artwork that accompanies the poem is elegant and clever. The use of repetition in imagery creates the same effect as the language's user of rhyme and rhythm - and replicates what we see in nature.

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