"Kubla Khan" is an unfinished narrative poem by Samuel Coleridge. Its said that the poem came to him in a vision, but that he was unable to finish it before the vision vanished. Its based on the founder of the Yuan Dynasty in China, Kublai Khan. In the poem, Kubla Khan has visions of coming war, hears voices telling him "Beware, beware," and sees caves of ice. This start to the narrative gives Kubla Khan an atmosphere of suspense and mystery, which is never fully developed. Some critics have speculated that Coleridge was using Kubla Khan's narrative as a symbolic representation of the art of poetic creation, but without the ending it is hard to tell where Coleridge was going to take his audience through the poem.