What are three characteristics of Romantic poetry reflected in "Kubla Khan"?

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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 believe that Coleridge composed the poem during a laudanum-induced reverie. Whatever the inspiration, the poem is a masterpiece of creativity and exemplifies several aspects of English Romantic poetry, especially in the early nineteenth century: an interest in Orientalism/Primitivism; a rejection of the rational; and an exalting of the wildness of nature, both external nature and mankind's internal nature.

First, Coleridge took his opening lines from Samuel Purchas's Purchas his Pilgrimage (1613), whose subject is Kublai Khan, the grandson of the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. This was a source that drew Coleridge to the 'exotic' orient and the primitive at the same time. In the first few lines, Coleridge imaginatively sets the poem in a specific, but mysterious, place that can exist only in the...

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