This poem contains some beautiful language and imagery yet on a whole it is pretty weird of which I like Great Poem You should also listen to actor Benedict cumberbatch reading it Kubla Khan is sort of about a person and a place but it
s really about the means by which you really about the means by which you forge those things with words alone Kubla Khan is very much an enigmatic piece of poetry written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge he states after having come to him fully formed and complete as if in a dream whilst he was under the influence of anodyne pain killing medication Unfortunately for him and us he was called away urgently almost immediately following this inspirational dreamlike state and as such forgot the overwhelming majority of the work that sadly could have been What remains is a striking and memorable piece although frustratingly short which does give us a tantalising glimpse of what might have beenWhilst I did enjoy this fragment of Kubla Khan the only other poetry that I have read by Coleridge is The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and by comparison Kubla Khan pales into insignificance when up against the lyricism the monumental power and epic majesty of the great work that is The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Words evoking vivid faithful images The perfection of metres rhymes and the intellectual effort everything represents A person in a verse A life in a haiku A world in a stanza I love poetry as much as I love prose And this poem by Coleridge this fragment portrays the essence of Romanticism I have already read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and found it awe inspiring So I had a vague idea of the artistic force I was going to encounter withThe Preface of this poem explains the background of the creative process and publication including a famous anecdote that would later become a concept by itself a fair allusion to certain aspects of life that inevitably interrupts the writer s creativity It all started with a dream By 1797 the poem was completed and published in 1816 Coleridge states that one night after reading about Xanadu the palace of Kublai Khan a Mongol ruler and Emperor of China and giving himself over to the influence of opium he had a dream A wild vivid dream When he woke up he started to write
poem until he was apparently interrupted by a person on business from And then he couldn t remember much of the dream and therefore couldn t finish what he has planned There is no concluding evidence but it does teach us a remarkable lesson If you feel inspired and begin to write in a frenzy and all of the sudden someone knocks on your door don t open it Unless it is the fire department Otherwise do not open the door Lock it Close your window And keep writingKubla Khan starts with a depiction of Xanadu An idea of perfection conveyed through the circular shapes that Coleridge describes He does so using different tones relating to the idea of opposites Light and darkness Nature and human creativity A lifeless ocean a mighty fountain Visions of contradictory images mythological references exuisite symbolism the symphony of a woman The taste of her song a song with the power of building domes in the airBelow you will find a passage in Spanish and English of an essay by the erudite pen of Jorge Luis Borges concerning Coleridge and his poemThere was no other way I had to end these rambling thoughts on Coleridge with Borges on my mindview spoiler Un emperador mogol en el siglo XIII sue a un palacio y lo edifica conforme a la visi n en el siglo Kubla Khan or A Vision in a Dream A Fragment is a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge completed in 1797 and published in 1816 According to Coleridge's Preface to .
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Want to get out of it we can t and by the time we get rid of that annoyance all of our creative uices have gone and we are left staring at a blank piece of paper Mind you this poem remained a part of Coleridge s private collection for some time only to be read to close friend s until he was convinced to publish it As for the poem as I have suggested it is a beautiful piece of literature describing a place that is clearly fantastic Honestly I never thought that Kublai Kahn actually had a place considering when you think of Mongol housing you tend to think of the humble yurt Though it seems that you can deck them out uite well In a way the poem is basically a description of a scene of the palace of a powerful king yet it also has a fantasy element with the idea of the river flowing deep underground to a sunless sea Though we do have the Mongol emporer roaring in his barbaric roar which gives us another strange picture of this barbarian living in this magnificent palace Still it is a grand city of an emperor who ruled what was literally the largest contiguous land empire ever and also has a huge effect on the history of pretty much most of Europe and Asia much of the Persian empire was destroyed when his armies swept down into the middle east But this raises the uestion about dreams and we note that this is a dream that no doubt came about through the use of drugs Opium was uite popular among the gentlemen class of 19th Century England despite it being illegal much in the same way that cocaine is uite popular among the celebrity class today In a way opium is one of those drugs that sends you into a dreamlike state and it isn t hard to see some Silent Empire junky flaked out on the sidewalk as I wander around parts of innercity Melbourne Still this state is incredibly addictive as we note with Coleridge who upon getting rid of that annoying man from Portlock discovered that his dream had now fled Some drug users have suggested that their creativeuices only come about through the use of drugs but I m going to have to disagree with that There have been many creative people throughout history that have created some wonderful works of art and literature who have not resorted to drugs In a way drugs are disabling in that once the addictive mindset has taken hold the user ceases to believe that they can do anything unless they are on drugs Yet having spent time with people who take drugs when they do so they simply become completely disconnected from the world as they drift into their own private
only to up and search for drugs to send them back into that reality It makes me wonder whether that is all that true One of my favorite poems truly made me reflect on the river of time that runs through our life and our perception that is often lost in the illusion of pleasure A mighty fountain momently was forcedAmid whose swift half intermitted burstHuge fragments vaulted like rebounding hailOr chaffy grain beneath the thresher s flail Precisely how I felt A Vision In A Dream The poem opens with Kubla Khan basking in the beauty of his pleasure dome imposingly erected amidstreality only to
A Gorgeous Canvas Ofgorgeous canvas of sacred river the sunless sea the blossomed trees and the green hills His eyes filled with passion and beauty also finds merit in the waning moon the paused karen and I were ust discussing the excellent fantasy short story Singing of Mount Abora in her review thread for that story by Theodora Goss read it it s free online Since it s inspired in part by. Nd Emperor of China Kublai Khan He left it unpublished and kept it for private readings for his friends until 1816 when at the prompting of Lord Byron it was published. VIII un poeta ingl s ue no pudo saber ue esa f brica se deriv de un sue o sue a un poema sobre el palacio En 1961 el P Gerbillon de la Compa a de Jes s comprob ue del palacio de Kublai Khan s lo uedaban ruinas del poema nos consta ue apenas se rescataron cincuenta versos Tales hechos permiten conjeturar ue la serie de sue os y de trabajos no ha tocado a su fin Al primer so ador fue deparada en la noche la vis on del palacio y lo construy al segundo ue no supo del sue o del anterior el poema sobre el palacio Si no marra el esuema alg n lector de Kubla Khan so ar en una noche de la ue nos separan los siglos una m rmol o una m sica Ese hombre no sabr ue otro dos so aron uiz la serie de los sue os no tenga fin uiz la clave est en el ltimoA thirteenth century Mongolian emperor dreams a palace and then builds it according to his dream an eighteenth century English poet who could not have known that the structure was derived from a dream dreams a poem about the palaceIn 1691 Father Gerbillon of the Society of Jesus confirmed that ruins were all that was left of the palace of Kubla Khan we know that scarcely fifty lines of the poem were salvaged Those facts give rise to the conjecture that the series of dreams and labors has not yet ended The first dreamer was given the vision of the palace and he built it the second who did
not know of the other s dream was given the poem about the palace If the plan does not fail someknow of the other s dream was given the poem about the palace If the plan does not fail some of Kubla Khan will dream one night centuries removed from us of marble or of music This man will not know that two others also dreamed Perhaps the series of dreams has no end or perhaps the last one who dreams will have the keyJLB Otras InuisicionesOther Inuisitions hide spoiler So mesmerizing And to think we would ve had of this opium sparked fantasyDamn it person from Porlock The Annoying Man from Portlock30 December 2017 Well it looks like this is going to be my last review of 2017 I hope you enjoy it Since I had referred to this poem from my review of Dreamuest of Unknown Kadath I thought that it might be a good idea to read Kubla Khan again Not that it is much of a chore considering that it is a fairly short poem though I have since discovered that pretty much all of the reproductions of the poem do not contain the introduction which is than a real shame because it is the introduction that adds so much life to what is already a beautiful poem Mind you I remember attending a poetry reading at one of my friend s houses and this was the poem as well as Jabberwocky that I was going to read right up until somebody stood up and recited it off by heart So the uestion that is raised is whether the story about Coleridge smoking some opium though he doesn t actually admit it falling asleep and having a dream of this fantastic place and then upon waking up begins to transcribe what he saw only to be rudely interrupted by some guy from a nearby town who refuses to leave for an hour is true Personally I m not all that sure but it is an ongoing debate as to whether the poem is
finished or not and when we were discussing it in English teacher was of the opinion that it was Mind you it is poetry so theoretically you could end halfway through the poem and people would still be convinced that it was a complete poem I can really sympathise with Coleridge though because we have all had that experience where we have planned to do something only to be interrupted by somebody wanting to do some important business and while we. Ubla Khan the poem was composed one night after he experienced an opium influenced dream after reading a work describing Xanadu the summer palace of the Mongol ruleractually finished or not and when we were discussing it in English