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2nd paper on kubla khan

2nd paper on kubla khan - Alyssa Adams English...

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Alyssa Adams English U621-Romantic Poetry Professor Peterfreund 2 nd Paper Due 3/14/07 The Meaning Behind “Kubla Khan” When asked about “Kubla Khan” Samuel Taylor Coleridge has said before that his poem was the written result of something that came to him while experiencing a drug- induced dream. He has stated that it never truly took a conscious effort for him to compose the poem because it was presented to him very vividly, with great clarity. Coleridge’s poem might seem spontaneous for this reason and some may give it less credit if for appearing to be the result of an unconscious or dream-like state of being. However, it is also very well-structured and skillfully shaped, therefore leading some to believe that such a poem could only be created through conscious effort. The first verse of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" is the most elaborately-structured part of the poem. Here he presents end-rhymes that seem repetitive and somewhat off at the same time. An example would be the fact that "Khan" is not an exact match with the "ran" or "man" in lines one,three, and four respectively. Such end- rhymes do carry-on throughout the poem’s entirety, but even within these first few lines one can also find similar sounds. The "Xan" of Xanadu matches better with the end- rhymes than "Khan," but it is odd that this beginning rhyme isn’t really connected until the end of the verse where "ran" and "man" come in. The fact that Coleridge starts a rhyme then drops it for a few lines before picking up the same sound again creates this vibe of playfulness. It gives the poem a lilting, almost musical feel from the very first verse and gives it a driving energy, almost as if someone is chanting the poem. 1
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The paradise that Coleridge’s setting, Kubla Khan, creates in the beginning seems more charming than anything else. At first, the wording makes the poem seem very much like it was created impulsively. The word choice is very descriptive in a way that makes one think it might turn into a fairytale rather than an epic poem with the mention of walls, towers, and gardens (line 7,8). Though the reader might start to think the setting is shaping up to be like that of Eden, the mention of both the “sunless sea” and “sinuous rills” help to convey a slightly ominous tone, hinting at what will follow (lines 5,8).
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