Why is "Kubla Khan" called a fragment?

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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 fallen asleep and, while unconscious, had composed an entire poem in his mind. Upon waking, he began to write it down. The poem we have today is just one part. Coleridge was never able to complete the writing because he was—or so he claimed—interrupted during the process.

Coleridge explained when it was published,...

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