Edward Strickland (essay date 1981)
SOURCE: “The Topography of Initiation in ‘Kubla Khan,’” Ball State University Forum, Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter, 1981, pp. 69-78.
[In the following essay, Strickland builds upon the thesis that “Kubla Khan” is a mythographic account of its own creation.]
If it has become a critical commonplace that the subject of “Kubla Khan” is poetry, more specific questions of intentionality in Coleridge's symbolism remain open to debate. Does the poem speak of poetry in general or of itself in...
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