How can Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” be read as an allegory for imagination?

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge's uses of diction and imagery transforms his poem "Kubla Khan" into an allegory for imagination. The first stanza introduces the setting of the poem and concept of the "pleasure dome" (2). Like the reader's imagination, the possibilities of the pleasure dome are limitless, and Coleridge uses the imagery of "caverns measureless to man" as a metaphor for the untapped potential of man's imagination (4). 

The next stanza of "Kubla Khan" speaks of "fertile ground" and "gardens bright with sinuous rills" (6,7). Coleridge's use of lush garden imagery within the pleasure dome suggests that man's imagination is...

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