Kubla Khan

The poem "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a perfect embodiment of the ideals and sensibilities of the Romantic Era.

In the beginning of the poem Coleridge creates a beautiful nature sene which he has a sacred river and a nice garden. Romanticism Era literature had a focus on nature and its wildness, with this nature beginning. Also in the first stanza Coleridge tells the reader that the protagonist, Kubla Kahn, ordered a pleasure dome to be built. This meaning a very nice palace. This palace was a physical sensation which Kubla Khan and his people liked. Sensations were focused in Romanicism Literature.

In the second stanza of the poem "Kubla Khan" the poet Coleridge writes about a unrealistic canyon with a women crying to her demon lover with the river flowing threw it. It is unrealistic because of the fact it is said to be haunted. Irrational and unrealistic things were common in romantic Era literature. Another thing was Kubla Khan hearing voices saying to go to war, which is unnatural and imaginary. Both part of Romantic Era literature.

The last stanza mentions more visions and dreams, "In a vision once I saw..." In the romantic period the people dreams and visions fascinated the people. They were interested and present in literary works because science could not explain them.

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