Analysis Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 's ' Kubla Khan '

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Experts widely regard Samuel Taylor Coleridge as one of the few major leaders of British Romanticism. His poems, both individual works and collaborations with another Romantic leader, William Wordsworth, are proof of this. His works incorporated ideas that are often found in Romantic poetry, such as a reverence for nature, emphasis on emotion and imagination over reason and logic, and other themes that contradicted thinkers of the Age of Reason. Coleridge assisted in the change from Enlightenment ideals favoring rationality and deduction to a “thinking with your heart” style. Coleridge had a strange childhood as the last of ten children and largely isolated from the world, and therefore had few companions other than the books he so loved to read. This exposed him to the ideas that eventually made him into the renowned Romantic poet readers view him as today. Coleridge’s upbringing in 18th century England and close association with other poets, including the co-authoring of Lyrical Ballads with William Wordsworth, helped form his worldview and poetic style, evidenced in his poem Kubla Khan, which in turn shaped English Romanticism and the way readers would look at poetry forever.
One of the largest influences on Coleridge was his unusual adolescence and the people he met, as a child and later on. It is said best as, “For Coleridge, childhood is the shaper of adult destiny” (Gradesaver). The youngest child of ten, he had his father die when he was not even nine years

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