Discuss how Coleridge's "Preface" to "Kubla Khan"  has influenced interepretation of the poem.

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The "Preface" to Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan`has constructed the work as a pure example of Romantic poetry, as a `spontaneous overflowing of emotion.` Although scholarly discovery of manuscripts shows that Coleridge did, in fact edit the poem substantially, the Preface portrays the poem as having come to Coleridge entire in an opium dream. He claims that he began writing it immediately upon awakening from the dream, but as he was in the midst of copying down what he remembered, he was interupted by a "person for Polock" and the remainder of the poem vanished from his mind. Thus the poem as written is a "fragment". 

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