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“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

(1798) A poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge about an old sailor who is compelled to tell strangers about the supernatural adventures that befell him at sea after he killed an albatross, a friendly sea bird. A famous line is “Water, water, everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink.” (See albatross around one's neck.)

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