In Robert Southey’s poem ”The Inchcape Rock” what does the poet mean by “the Rover’s mirth was wickedness”?
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The poet has said that to indicate that the Rover loved to enjoy a kind of evil pleasure by causing harm to others. To him, mirth was synonymous with wickedness. This is why he decided to cut the bell from the Inchcape Rock and put the passing ships in danger and then loot them.
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