Kubla Khan, Explanation & Critical Comments 1st Video Lecture

Kubla Khan is one the master piece of writing by S T Coleridge. Kubla Khan is very famous poem by S T Coleridge.

S T Coleridge was born in 1772 and died in 1834. He was a poet, lecturer, critics and philosopher. He studied at Cambridge but received no degree. In collaboration with Wordsworth, he wrote “The Lyrical Ballads”, which marks the beginning of the Romantic Movement in English Literature. His contributions to the book were ‘Christable’ and ‘ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ both characterized by the use of the supernatural element. In 1817, he published the Biographia Litreraia containing his views on philosophy, religion, politics and literature.

Kubla Khan an example of his conception of the fantastic and the supernatural. He speaks of the grandeur of Kubla Khan’s court and all the elements of imagination and fantasy are at work. There is about the poem a magical, dream-like quality. In fact, it is generally accepted that the poem was written while under the influence of opium to which the poet was addicted for his rheumatic pains. This explains the trance-like atmosphere.

In the last stanza of Kubla Khan, the narrator wishes to get back a music about Mount Abora that he once observed a woman played on a dulcimer. The narrator thinks that the music would bring him to a dream world in which he could “build that dome in air” and in which he can consume “the dairy of Heaven.”

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