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what are the allegorical elements in Kubla khan?I would like to know that how kubla...

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tornadosinha | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 22, 2011 at 9:01 PM via web

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what are the allegorical elements in Kubla khan?

I would like to know that how kubla khan termed as an allegorical poem.

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sanjoy1234 | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2012 at 12:52 AM (Answer #1)

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Kubla Khan is an allegory of creation and its miraculous aspects. Allegory is a broad symbolism or a detailed metaphor of a graver implication. Apparently, the poet, Coleridge describes the juxtaposition of paradoxical items like ''sunny pleasure dome'' and ''caves of ice''. This miraculous association adds to the beauty of Kubla Khan's creation. This apparent description reveals the urge of the poet to create or write something new that is obviously impossible to common people, and that will evoke awe and surprise in the readers' mind, and here lies the poet's success. So, under the garb of the description of the pleasure dome, there lies an allegory of a miraculous and ecstatic creation.

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