Kubla Khan's Pleasure Dome

Kubla Khan by Coleridge: A fragment or A Coherent Whole

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“Kubla Khan”, Coleridge’s record of an opium dream, interrupted by a visitor from Porlock, has been taken to be a beautiful but chaotic fragment where images float about confusedly. However, “Kubla Khan”, with its pleasure dome, its sacred river, its panting fountain, its caves of ice and its portrayal of the frenzied poet presents a […]