The Power Of Imaginative Poetry In Samuel Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'

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A dream of heaven on earth is simply just that, a dream. In Samuel Coleridge’s poem, “Kubla Khan,” he demonstrates the power of imaginative poetry by creating an ideal place. The meaning behind this poem, if Coleridge is attempting to convey a certain message, is quite overshadowed by the writing of it. At no point does Coleridge provide an obvious cue to the reader about an overall theme; instead, he just creates a beautiful image in the readers’ minds through the use of a captivating tone and detailed descriptions. This poem creates kingdoms and paradises as Coleridge expresses what heaven means to him, and then provides a significant contrast as he describes hell. “Kubla Khan” proves that readers are capable of appreciating how words are delivered more than the overall message in a poem. Through the use of allusion, metaphors, rhythm and sound devices such as alliteration and assonance, Coleridge resolves this poem with the realization that heaven on earth is not possible. In “Kubla Khan” an extravagant image of a dream that ends in destruction is described, and Coleridge does this by alluding to the garden of Eden and to Adam and Eve. Allusions to the garden that are presented throughout the poem make references to the Bible that help this piece transcend time. God’s creation of the garden of Eden is an allusion to the assembly of the garden, as it was constructed for the purest of human pleasures as stated in Kubla Khan’s decree that is expressed in the “stately

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