-"With my crossbow
I shot the Albatross.

from Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Rime Of The Ancient Mariner on Rap Genius


The Albatross, previously hailed as a good omen by the sailors, is killed by the mariner. Interestingly, we never get a reason as to why he committed this deed, which seems to add to its maliciousness and establishes an even stronger causal relationship between the deed and the horrors the sailors experience later.

This is the true beginning of the Mariner’s story. The following events are the consequences of him having shot the Albatross.

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