Kubla Khan -

1289 WordsOct 8, 19996 Pages
“Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a poem about the creative powers of the poetic mind. Through the use of vivid imagery Coleridge reproduces a paradise-like vision of the landscape and kingdom created by Kubla Khan. The poem changes to the 1st person narrative and the speaker then attempts to recreate a vision he saw. Through the description of the visions of Kubla Khan’s palace and the speaker’s visions the poem tells of the creation of an enchanting beautiful world as the result of power of human imagination. The second part of the poem reveals that although the mind has the ability to create this paradise-like world it is tragically unable to sustain this world. It is believed that “Kubla…show more content…
The river metaphorically represents nature as the source of life of all mans creation. As men cannot measure these caverns, the poet can not completely comprehend the power and dimension of natures influence on poetry but is dependent on it. In the second stanza the poem shifts focus from the perfect “pleasure dome” created by “Kubla Khan” to the tumultuous landscape that surrounds it. The “sunny spots of greenery” in Khan’s realm in the first stanza are interrupted with the exclamation of “But Oh!” and the reader is exposed to a vision of a “deep romantic chasm”. This landscape is described with extremely contrasting adjectives. It is “savage”, but it is “holy” and “enchanted”. The enchantment is compared to that of a “woman wailing for her demon lover.” This sexual image gives an impression of the earth as mourning for the fulfillment of an evil urge. This chasm below the paradise of Kubla’s “pleasure dome” is plagued with “ceaseless turmoil” or chaos. The result of this turmoil upon the earth is further personified as the earth “breathing” in “fast pants”. The earth breaks though it’s constraints and creates a mighty eruption. The power of this eruption sends fragments of rocks dancing and causes the sacred river to be
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