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As other educators have pointed out, Coleridge’s poem is an example of Romatic poetry. As such, its primary function is to evoke an emotional response from its reader, which Coleridge accomplishes...

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge subtitled "Kubla Khan" as "A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment." In his prefatory note, he describes the circumstances under which he composed it. He had been reading about...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019, 5:32 am (UTC)

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In those lines and elsewhere in the poem, we're meant to imagine a strange and lush landscape, an otherworldly one in which the very ground seems to pant exuberantly. For that reason, it's...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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A simple answer to how it is a romantic poem is to state the poem is written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He, along with William Wordsworth, is one of the most famous Romantic authors. He and...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2015, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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It is generally believed that Coleridge wrote the poem under the influence of opium. He didn't take this highly addictive drug to inspire some poetic dream vision, but for the more mundane reason...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2019, 9:08 am (UTC)

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge, like many other artists and writers of his generation, used, and may have been addicted to, laudanum, a solution of opium. Quite possibly under its influence, Coleridge had...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2019, 9:03 pm (UTC)

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We assume the narrator is referring to himself. The narrator has had the "milk of paradise." The narrator then points out the all of his observers will "close their eyes 'with holy...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2008, 9:35 am (UTC)

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Alliteration involves the repetition of initial sounds of words. Examples include the name "Kubla Khan," as well as "sunless sea," and "sunny spots." Later examples include "cedarn cover," "miles...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2017, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" is an allegory of the creative process that bubbles up beneath the surface inside those people who have been touched by the deeper creative and imaginative muse of poetic...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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In "Kubla Khan," Coleridge describes two types of imagination. First, there is the ordinary imagination of the average person, who, in the first stanza, conjures up pleasant images of incense,...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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In his poem “Kubla Khan,” Samuel Taylor Coleridge includes supernatural elements to create a mysterious, spooky atmosphere. He begins with an inscription that labels the poem “a vision in a dream.”...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2021, 2:01 pm (UTC)

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Many argue that this is actually a poem about artistic creation, and that the creation of the "pleasure dome" is a thinly-veiled allegory of the creation of art and poetry itself. Note how the poem...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011, 4:44 am (UTC)

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The title of the poem, the alliterative name of a Chinese ruler, immediately establishes a connection with the Orient. As Edward Said argued in his book Orientalism, in the eyes of the western...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2017, 11:39 am (UTC)

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The rhyme scheme of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” is highly irregular and unpredictable and follows no obvious pattern. Consider, for example, the first thirty-six lines of the poem,...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012, 6:18 am (UTC)

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Pictorial qualities, in regard to literature, is otherwise known as imagery. Imagery is the use of the author's language meant to allow a reader to create a mental image of what is being described....

Latest answer posted June 4, 2012, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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The poem "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge was inspired by a dream that the author had after taking opium. When he was writing it down after he awoke, he was interrupted. As a result, he...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2021, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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In his poem “Kubla Khan,” Samuel Taylor Coleridge creates a vivid, haunting verbal portrait of Xanadu, the pleasure palace of the Mongolian leader Kubla Khan. In the poem's second stanza, the...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2021, 7:21 pm (UTC)

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The "mighty fountain" the narrator of "Kubla Khan" imagines most fully describes the creative process in this poem: And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething, As if this earth in fast...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2018, 11:55 am (UTC)

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The poem explores a dream-vision of the "Orient." The "Orient," as Edward Said explained in his book Orientalism, is a Western construct in which the West, among other things, projects its own...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2017, 2:51 am (UTC)

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In the Biographia Litteraria, Coleridge split the mind into two parts, which he called the Imagination and the Fancy. He then subdivided the imagination. As he writes: The IMAGINATION then, I...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018, 7:19 pm (UTC)

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"Kubla Khan," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is a poem about the summer city of Xanadu (Shangdu). Coleridge was inspired to write the poem after an experience with opium, as well as his reading of...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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The numerous oxymorons that Samuel Taylor Coleridge employs in "Kubla Khan" emphasize the distinction between the terrestrial or mundane realms and the sacred realms (both heavenly and infernal)....

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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Coleridge’s poem is incomplete, not incoherent. That is, the form of the poem we have is not the complete text Coleridge famously dreamed under the influence of opium in 1797. According to...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016, 10:06 pm (UTC)

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You unfortunately asked multiple questions which is against enotes regulations, so I have been forced to edit your question down to focus on the treatment of nature in this unforgettable poem....

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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Note how in the last stanza we are presented with a figure that appears to be all-powerful and given strange abilities. The people feel the need to protect themselves from the poet using a ritual,...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2011, 7:39 pm (UTC)

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There has been lots of critical discussion about the precise "meaning" of this amazing poem. Some have suggests that this poem is all about the act of creation and imagination, as expressed in the...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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If there's a poem that can be said to be inspired, it's Coleridge's "Kubla Khan." He claimed that it was composed one night after an opium-induced dream. He also claimed, somewhat less fancifully,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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"Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a poem in which the speaker has a vision primarily of a mystical place called Xanadu, the "pleasure dome" of the ruthless warrior, Kubla Khan. Because the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2013, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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Coleridge's "Kubla Khan: A Vision," composed in 1797 and first published in 1816, is in the form of a dream vision that Coleridge himself once described as a "psychological curiosity." Some critics...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019, 1:11 am (UTC)

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"Kubla Khan" is a sensory-rich poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In first stanza, the poem appeals to both sight and feeling by describing a "sunless sea." The reader knows it is not only...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018, 9:07 pm (UTC)

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There is no direct reference to the underworld in "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. However, the poem does reference "caverns measureless to man" (4), and this image is central to the poem....

Latest answer posted July 25, 2016, 12:32 am (UTC)

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In my opinion, "Kubla Khan" celebrates the imagination, especially the imagination of the poetic genius. The poem takes us on a journey from the ordinary imagination to the powerful, prophetic...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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The full title of the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is "Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment," named for the nature of its creation. As the story goes, Coleridge was taking an...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019, 9:43 pm (UTC)

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Lines 25-30 describe the power of the waters of the river that flows through Xanadu. While the opening lines of the poem celebrate Xanadu as a human creation, this passage celebrate the creations...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2010, 2:32 am (UTC)

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I find your question highly insightful, because on the one hand this poem seems to represent a highly vivid yet incomprehensible dream which really defies explanation. Thus one view to take when...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2010, 11:18 am (UTC)

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In "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the relationship of dreams and creation in Kubla Khan’s construction of his pleasure dome is founded in Coleridge's theory of the imagination. His...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012, 6:18 am (UTC)

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This poem was actually the result of an opium-inspired vision of Coleridge that he experienced, then tried to write down, but was interrupted half way through, and forgot the rest. The poem is all...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2013, 10:02 am (UTC)

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Though I can't write the essay for you, I can give you ideas about what you should focus on. First of all, you should note that, while Coleridge is writing a poem about an exotic location, he's...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2016, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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Coleridge's poem expresses a very dreamy, imaginative vision that is characteristic of the Romantic emphasis on individualism and the importance of one person's unique perceptions. Coleridge...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2016, 7:07 pm (UTC)

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This is an excellent question to think about in relation to this poem. Of course, as I am sure you are no doubt aware, the vision that this poem was trying to recapture or recreate was a dream that...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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Many critics view this poem as an allegory about the process of creating art: just as Kubla Khan creates his pleasure dome and his earthy paradise by imposing his will on nature, reflecting...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2013, 9:10 am (UTC)

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One key characteristic of Romantic poetry is the celebration of the imagination. Romantic poetry also often describes the power of the natural world and celebrates the sensual as more vital than...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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The first stanza offers us serene images of Xanadu with its "pleasure dome," "gardens bright" and "many an incense-bearing tree," but in stanza two the tone changes as we meet the violence of the...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016, 8:21 pm (UTC)

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Marianne Moore famously stated that poetry was composed of 'imaginary gardens with real toads in them`. Like Moore`s imaginary garden or Tennyson`s Palace of Art, the pleasure dome of Kubla Khan...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2011, 7:12 pm (UTC)

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Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams can be used as a lens to help interpret Samuel Taylor Coleridge's dream poem “Kubla Khan." Freud argues that every single dream people have is “the...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2021, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011, 2:26 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2012, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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Latest answer posted January 6, 2010, 7:06 am (UTC)

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"Kubla Khan" falls into three parts. The first thirty lines display a unity that dashes forward as if pouring out of the poet's pen unbidden—just as Coleridge describes his dream as having...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019, 12:48 pm (UTC)

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This poem was not inspired by a muse in the classical sense of the term. In a note explaining the poem, Coleridge wrote that the idea for "Kubla Khan" came to him in a drug-induced...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2008, 11:37 am (UTC)

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