The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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What is a significant passage from each of the first three parts of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?

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Passage 1:

At length did cross an albatross,

Thorough the fog it came;

As if it had been a Christian soul,

We hailed it in God’s name.

This passage is significant because it introduces the albatross, which is a key element of the poem. It shows that the albatross was more than just a bird to the mariners. Instead, they reacted as though it had some religious significance. In part, this reflects the fact that mariners believed that albatrosses were or brought good luck. It also reflects the extreme loneliness of the voyage, in which little other life was seen, and thus emphasizes the desolation of the ocean. There is also another possible religious significance here, in that Noah, floating on the ocean after the flood, sends out a dove which returns with a leaf in its beak,...

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