The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Other Poems
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
'Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung'
When an albatross leads a stricken ship out of treacherous ice, a hapless mariner shoots the bird, arousing the wrath of spirits who pursue the ship. Haunted by Death, the crew begin to perish one by one, until only the cursed mariner remains to confront his guilt. As penance for his actions he is condemned to wander the earth, telling his tale to those he meets as a warning.
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