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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Kubla Khan" is narrated in the first person from the perspective of a speaker who is fascinated by (or possibly is) Kubla Khan.
"Kubla Khan" is narrated in both past and future tense.
"Kubla Khan" references Kublai Khan (1215–94), the grandson of famed Mongolian Empire ruler Genghis Khan (c. 1162–1227) and founder of the Yuan dynasty in China. The poem's full title, "Kubla Khan: Or, a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment," refers to the fact that Coleridge wrote the poem after waking from a dream he had under the influence of opiates.
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