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Kubla Khan Essay

476 words - 2 pages

Kubla Khan

Kubla Khan is one of the strangest, greatest and most ambiguous poems that I've ever read. This romantic poem is written by Coleridge, and through it, he shows the power of imagination that results in the importance of poetry as an art. The poem has the most significant romantic characteristics: nature, imagination and supernaturalism.

The mother is everything for everyone, and nature, considered as the great mother by the romantics, is everything for Coleridge and other romantic poets. The poem takes place in nature in which Kubla Khan builds his dome of rock. The poet describes a wild nature showed by the sacred river that is measureless and ...view middle of the document...

Romantic poets would be nothing without imagination. Imagination is the power that distinguishes the romantic poets from others. The two kinds of imagination is found here in the poem. The primary imagination is the foundation on which the author based his poem. The action of Kubla Khan ordering people to build a dome of rock for him is totally imagination. They said that the poet was interrupted through his dream, so he had to complete his poem with the help of secondary imagination. Imagination is not only important for this poem because it's one of its bases but also because it's mentioned in the poem as a power of creating poetry. Through it, the poet built a dome in air that is greater than the dome of Kubla Khan.

The use of the supernatural is essential in this poem. Coleridge has his own style of using the supernatural. His purpose of using the super natural is to attract the reader to the poem and encourages him to think, and he there isn't much horror or fear in his use. In the poem the poet uses the supernatural more than once in the poem. First of all is the woman who has a demon-lover, which is something abnormal. And also mixing the holy with the enchanted. N real life it's not accepted but in a romantic poem that uses the supernatural it's absolutely normal. Finally the poem in general mixes between the natural and the supernatural, and may be this the reason behind the ambiguity of the poem.
To sum up, Kubla khan is a great romantic poem and imagination is the reason behind this greatness.

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