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Discuss supernatural elements in Coleridge's Kubla Khan.

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shewa55 | Valedictorian

Posted June 1, 2013 at 5:51 PM via web

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Discuss supernatural elements in Coleridge's Kubla Khan.

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henryscholar | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted June 5, 2013 at 8:09 PM (Answer #1)

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Kubla Khan, a poem published in 1816 by leading Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge originated in an opium-induced dream nearly thirty years before in 1797. The poem of 54 lines fitly bears all the marks of a feverish dream: vibrant, episodic, and - near the end in the third part - inappurtenant since the lines concerning the Abyssinian maid are unrelated to the main topic. The first part of the poem is the transcript of the dream that Coleridge tried to remember after waking. The second part is the reification in supernatural terms of the poet's mental experience of dream. It is as if Coleridge wanted to validate an intensely otherworldly, but personal experience by marrying it to supernatural images.    

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