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Kubla Khan

Samuel Coleridge

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Added by: Andrew Simone
This poem is one of those poems where it is so good, why ruin it by trying to explain it so I ask of you not to judge but only to read.
Added by: Andrew Mayers
Surely 'good' is a judgment?
Added by: iszi
I think this poem underlines the fact that use of drugs is not, as some would say, 'the scourge of soceity' but that here is underlying proof that it has enhanced and aided true art.

For those who may be unaware, this poem was written while Coleridge was 'tripping' on opium. Unfortunately he was interrupted by a knock at the door and so the poem ends.
Coleridge & "tripping"
Added by: David Rollison
It is a myth that Coleridge wrote his poem under the influence unless you want to argue that an addict is always under the influence. Many of Coleridge's representations about his writing process, including the reasons for fragments, interruptions, and plagiarism are authorial devices rather than literal facts.
Added by: Chad
Actually, the official account documented in the Norton Anthology of English Literature is that Coleridge injested an opiate as a sleeping medicine while reading the sentance FROM 'Purchas's Pilgrimage' - "Here the Khan Kubla commanded a palace to be built, and a stately garden thereunto. And thus ten miles of fertile ground were inclosed with a wall." He then had a dream which he based the poem on, which he remembered fully upon awakening. However, he was detained by business by just over an hour, and at the end of it the dream had faded. He then wrote the poem FROM the vague reccolections he pulled together afterwards.
Added by: BooBa the Scooba
Coleridge was an addict, and frequently experienced withdrawl symptoms, which can induce feverish deliriums, some of which inspired his work. It is a credit to his ability that he brought order to such cranial blathering, not to the properties of opium. Take a walk through uptown Portland and see how many junkies you find spouting
inspired "magic" poetry such as this...
Added by: Dr. Rees
I'm always struck by the Freudian imagery in the poem--landscape is very gendered here, with the exploding fountains and caverns "measureless to man." And the ocean-womb that the fountain enters is "lifeless." The frustration of an artist/creator? Poor STC.
coin-e-ridge II
Added by: ryan daugherty
coleridge actually did NOT coin 'opusculum paedegogum'. he coined some other word. so please dont print my former comment, as it makes me look silly.
Added by: ryan daugherty
coleridge coined the phrase 'opusculum pedegogum', meaning 'a little lesson that teaches,' most likely also while enjoying a mid-afternoon opium head.
A Comment on Kubla Khan
Added by: Bageri Hamidi
The poem is composed of three parts. The first part is narrative, the second one is an impressionistic expression, and the last part is lyrical. The structure of the poem as well as the overall thought in the poem all suggest that it should be about the poetic creation.

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