Nature In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote “Kubla Khan” as a result of a drug induced dream in which he envisioned himself writing a poem of a great Mongol emperor. However, his work was incomplete, as a late-night business encounter interrupted him, resulting in him forgetting the remainder of his dream. And yet, this poem by Coleridge has become one of the most famous poems in English literary history. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's point of view within the work, use of deeply symbolic imagery and life experiences with opioids were the cornerstones behind the theme of nature explored in “Kubla Khan”. Coleridge’s use of the complex rhyming iambic meter throughout the poem elaborately describes the scenery in which he perceives in his dream. In lines 3-5,…show more content…
As the speaker goes more in depth with their description in this scene, the meter changes to the pentameter, as found in lines 8-11, “And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills, Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree; And here were forests ancient as the hills, Enfolding sunny spots of greenery”. Throughout the second stanza, we see that Coleridge is steadily increasing the number of syllables in each grouping of lines, placing more emphasis on the nature around the speaker. Line 25 is filled with alliteration as all the major words start with “m”. However, when the scene changes in line 31, Coleridge shortens the syllable length drastically, as seen in the following transition, “And ‘mid this tumult
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