How does the repetition of the words “A light!” in the last stanza affect the poem?
Then, pale and worn, he kept his deck,
And peered through darkness. Ah, that night
Of all dark nights! And then a speck—
A light! A light! A light! A light!
It grew, a starlit flag unfurled!
It grew to be Time’s burst of dawn.
He gained a world; he gave that world
Its grandest lesson: “On! sail on!”
It implies that the men on the ship have spotted lights on the shoreline.
It creates a light-hearted tone that the men have finally reached their destination.
It suggests the mate’s excitement at finally seeing starlight to guide them.
It conveys a suspenseful mood that the mate spotted another ship on the ocean.