Referencing Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the poem a sailor kills an albatross, considered by sea men to be a sign of good fortune. The sailor is forced to wear the corpse of the bird around his neck as penance. Only suffering through immense hardship and trial does the sailor eventually find redemption and the albatross drops from his neck. Ever since the term albatross has referred to a past sin or misdeed committed by an individual that requires the individual to take some sort of personal action to correct.