kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge

was evidently intended to provide a context for the sense of wonder in common life that marks many of Wordsworths contributions. Mount Amara is a real mountain, today called Amba Geshen, located in the Amhara Region of modern Ethiopia, formerly known as the Abyssinian Empire. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 66 The Preface, when added to the poem, connects the idea of the paradise as the imagination with the land of Porlock, and that the imagination, though infinite, would be interrupted by a "person on business". In October 1795 he married Sara Fricker, daughter of a local schoolmistress, swayed partly by Southeys suggestion that he was under an obligation to her since she had been refusing the advances of other men.

He left it unpublished and kept it for private readings for his friends until 1816 when, at the prompting. Jackson, J R. Opium was for him what wandering and moral tale-telling became for the Mariner the personal shape of repetition compulsion. He seeks to show his might but does so by building his own version of paradise. Some time between 9 and, when Coleridge says he had completed the tragedy, he left Stowey for Lynton. In Coleridges view, the essential element of literature was a union of emotion and thought that he described as imagination. His flashing eyes, his floating hair! Of these ideas, Coleridge's emphasised the vastness of the universe and his feeling overwhelmed by how little the universe seemed to him.

Justly is it thought that to be able to present such images as these to the mind, is to realise the world they speak. Brought into direct contact with men accustomed to handling affairs of state, he had found himself lacking an equal forcefulness and felt that in consequence he often forfeited the respect of others. Xanadu, the summer palace of the. Could I revive within me Her symphony and song, To such a deep delight 'twould win me, That with music loud and long, I would build that dome in air, That sunny dome! According to Coleridge's preface to "Kubla Khan the poem was composed one night after he experienced an opium -influenced dream after reading a work describing. Even when we make all due allowance for the prejudices of critics whose only possible enthusiasm went out to 'the pointed and fine propriety of Poe we can hardly believe that the exquisite art which is among the most valued on our possessions could encounter. At this moment he was unfortunately called out by a person on business from Porlock, and detained by him above an hour, and on his return to his room, found, to his no small surprise and mortification, that though he still retained some vague and. New York: Pantheon, 1989.



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