Close Analysis Of Kybla Khan

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EssayWrite a close analysis of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan"Kubla KhanA vision in a dream. A fragment.The poem Kubla Khan is a strange, mystic poem that some people believe to be the most romantic poem ever written. A reason why this poem is strange is that with this poem there is a prologue. Within this prologue Coleridge explains about reading a book on Kubla Khan, then taking opium and going of in to a dream. Also in the prologue Coleridge explains that a visitor removes him from writing his poem from, and when he returns he can not remember anything else about his vision. This explains why it is called a fragment, but to look at this poem you would not say that it is incomplete but the complete opposite it has a strong ending:" For he who fed on honey dew hath fedAnd drunk the milk of paradise"This ending looks to have at least two meanings. The first reason is that he is talking about opium because Coleridge did become an opium addict and he could mean opium by "honey dew" and "drunk the milk of paradise" seems to me to be Coleridge showing off. He admits he is an opium addict, but has comes to terms with it and thinks well who else has seen such fantastic things as me.On the other hand, it could be talking about women; the reason I think this is because women are an important part in this poem, he builds Xanadu for a woman and I think this is an appreciation of women even though he did not succeed in his ultimate task.A third possible reading of the line is that it may be a warning to humans saying "don't live like gods on earth"Women in Kubla khan change, in the second stanza the woman is evil and all evil within this stanza is feminised, it seems that Coleridge is blaming women for the fall of his dream, his perfect world. In the third stanza after all is lost, Coleridge sees "a damsel on a dulcimer" this stanza de-feminises evilness and Coleridge wishes again of a perfect world. A world that no one could ruin so he wishes to build it in the air. It is the woman that makes Coleridge want to retry to make paradise, which makes it, romantic because he would do anything to make a woman happy. Within this same stanza the woman "singing of Mount Abora" is probably the reason why Coleridge (Kubla khan) tries again to make his perfect world. This is because Mount Abora is probably an echo of mount amara a supposed location of Eden.This spelling mistake if that is what it is happens again in line three where it says "alph" which is probably meant to be Alpheus, an ancient Greek river said to flow in a channel under the sea. Another possible explanation for these possibly mistakes is that he was under the influence of narcotics and believed that was the way they were meant to be spelled.A major...

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