The Paradoxes Of Kubla Khan

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The Paradoxes of “Kubla Khan” The Romantic poem “Kubla Kahn” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge contains many paradoxes in its description of a certain euphoric scene. Coleridge claimed that he dreamt the poem “Kubla Kahn” while in an altered state of consciousness due to an opium high. When he went to write it down, he was disrupted in the middle, and as a result was not able to complete the poem. However, when analyzing the poem that resulted, although it may not have been complete, it serves as a great example of romantic literature and the main ideas and notions of the movement. Coleridge’s description of the paradoxical euphoric dream gives way to understanding Coleridge’s philosophies of the human mind and its capabilities, and the truth behind what is real, and along with that, the importance of art to the imagination. These philosophies are exemplar of the Romantic Movement. Romantics believed that meaning is found through the use of one’s imagination to achieve a state of transcendence. They believed that at the heart of nature, mystery lies and that an individual may connect with it through the exploration of his or her emotions and imagination. This is a stark difference from the goals of the Enlightenment thinkers. Enlightenment thinkers encouraged the use of reason as guide for constructive living. Romantics focused on a more passionate, sensual approach to life that relied more on feeling rather than that which only the five senses can detect. This feeling that

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