He went like one that have been stunned,
And is for sense forlorn.
A sadder and a wiser man,
He rose the morrow morn.
Contextualise this passage and say: who does it refer to? Why is he sadder and wiser?
These are the very last lines of Coleridgeâ€™s ballad, so in part seven. The author makes us return initial condition, we are back to the first level of the story: the wedding-feast. The old mariner, as he finished telling his story and the contents of his teaching, goes away. The Wedding-guest is so stunned, shocked that he doesnâ€™t go to the wedding party. Hâ€™s really touched by the story, this meeting was a turning point in his life, so essential that he became to share some characteristics in common with the mariner: from this moment on he would be a â€œsadder and wiser manâ€ (notice that Coleridge uses â€œandâ€, and not â€œbutâ€). Now also the Wedding-guests shares the same agony with the old man, which obliged him to travel from place to place and to find a particular man to tell his story. Through this agony he grew up, he became wiser: this fact reminds me a passage from Agamennone from Aeschylus: Â«Ï€Î¬Î¸ÎµÎ¹ Î¼Î¬Î¸Î¿Ï‚Â». For the Greek tragedy poet gods imposed to men the knowledge through sufferance and pain: the negative part of this agony isnâ€™t cancelled, censured (for this reason Coleridge uses â€œandâ€ instead of â€œbutâ€), but it brings something positive.