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Explain these lines from "The Rime of Ancient Mariner'': And I had done an hellish...
Explain these lines from "The Rime of Ancient Mariner'':
And I had done an hellish thing
And it would work 'em woe:
For all averr'd, I had kill'd the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay
That made the breeze to blow!
Nor dim nor red, like God's own head
The glorious sun uprist:
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This stanza comes in the second section of the poem after the Mariner has shot the fateful albatross and it is clear that the slaying of this innocent bird has consequences that cause the other sailors to immediately turn on the mariner and argue that he has done a "hellish thing." The albatross in Section I of the poem is seen almost as a good luck charm to the sailors, as the following quote explores:
And a good south wind sprung up behind;The Albatross did follow,And every day, for food or play,Came to the mariner's hollo!
Posted by accessteacher on February 24, 2013 at 6:48 AM (Answer #1)
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