Paraphrase the first three stanzas of Part II of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.  

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Stanza 1 The sun rose on the right, hidden in mist, and went down on the left. Notice that the poet refers to the sun as “he,” personifying it.

Stanza 2 The wind is still blowing, but the albatross isn’t here anymore. He doesn’t come for food or to play when the mariners call. Notice he calls the bird “sweet.” This makes the reader wonder why he shot the albatross in the first place.

Stanza 3 The other sailors believe that the mariner has done a bad thing by killing the albatross. The albatross had made the wind blow. He repeats the idea that the albatross made the wind blow.