The poem is the beginning of a tale about a demon or vampire. At the opening, it is midnight. Everyone is asleep except for Christabel, who is roaming the woods longing for her lover. She encounters a beautiful lady who had been kidnapped by five warriors, tied to a white horse, and brought to the oak tree. The woman tells Christabel that her name is Geraldine and asks Christabel for her help. Christabel agrees and
showed first 75 words of 304 total
showed last 75 words of 304 total
that the two women are sexually attracted to each other and act upon their feelings in a small way.
I did not think that part two of this poem was very interesting. It mainly dealt with the relationship between a father and his daughter. It is clear that Christabel is jealous of her fatherís infatuation with Geraldine. At the end of the poem, Coleridge discusses the irrational anger of a parent toward a child.