The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Explain the following lines from the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."  The souls did from their bodies fly, - They fled to bliss or woe! And every soul, it pass'd me by, Like the whizz of...

Explain the following lines from the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." 

The souls did from their bodies fly, -

They fled to bliss or woe!

And every soul, it pass'd me by,

Like the whizz of my cross-bow!

I fear thee, ancient Mariner!

I fear thy skinny hand!

And thou art long, and lank, and brown,

As is the ribbed sea-sand.

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In Part 1, the mariner kills an albatross. In Part 2, his crew blame him for killing a good omen. When the fog gets thicker, they agree with the killing, thinking that the albatross was actually a bad omen, having brought the fog. But when the ship stalls in calm waters, the mariner's men become frustrated and blame the mariner, so they hang the dead albatross around his neck. 

In Part 3, a ship approaches which they initially think is fortuitous. But as it nears, the mariner...

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