While Coleridge did not write poetry specifically for young adults, "Kubla Kahn" is frequently read in schools as a companion piece to "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." The two poems are different in that "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is a finished narrative, whereas the incomplete "Kubla Kahn" is best described as a lyrical mood poem. Still, because these poems are Romantic in conception, both present foreign locales and deal with the past. Each is expressed in "natural" language and is concerned with mystical and supernatural events.
Literally dozens of recordings (both...
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