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Unformatted text preview: Adam Collier Essay # 4 The poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is very difficult to analyze. He wrote it while he was in an opium induced dream and never completed it. In the 10 th and 9 th to last lines of the poem Coleridge wrote That with music loud and long, I would build that dome in the air. I believe the music hes referring to is being played by the damsel with a dulcimer he wrote about earlier in the poem. She seems to be playing Kubla Khan music while hes creating his dome in the air which he refers to as a pleasure dome. In the 7 th to last line Coleridge wrote That sunny dome! Those caves of ice! The words sunny and ice stand out in this line because theyre complete opposites. They could possibly be a representation of good and evil. The next two lines are as follows, And all who heard should see them there, and all should cry Beware! Beware! It seems as though everybody who heard the music played by the damsel with a dulcimer is able to see them. who heard the music played by the damsel with a dulcimer is able to see them....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENG 131 taught by Professor Jackwilson during the Spring '08 term at University of Maine Orono .
- Spring '08