What do you find most striking about the poem Kubla Khan?''Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.'' - Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
In this essay I am going to discuss one of the most famous and very striking poem ÃÂKubla KhanÃÂ which was written by Coleridge.
The poem is about the nature of creativity. Coleridge describes ÃÂthe dome of pleasureÃÂ which he sees in his dream while he is opium- induced. While he was sick, doctor prescribed a drug that made him drowsy. He could remember only couple of images, which he later developed into a beautiful poem. During his ÃÂsleepÃÂ knocking on the door interrupted him, and he could never recapture the dream because he lost the inspiration. This poem is considered to be a fragment but it seems that ÃÂKubla KhanÃÂ is carefully worked using illusions from the works Coleridge was reading at the time.
ÃÂKubla KhanÃÂ has slow plodding metre, which is achieved using iambic tetrameter that consists of 8 syllables. This is where the musicality comes from. The poet uses this in order that we could imagine more clearly ÃÂthe pleasure ÃÂ domeÃÂ in the dream like surrounding. Each stanza differs a little bit in rhyme scheme. First stanza is written in iambic tetrameter with a rhyme scheme of ABAABCCDEDE, whereas second stanza follows the rhyming pattern, which is expanded ÃÂ ABAABCCDDFFGGHIIHJJ. The third stanza has shorter rhyme scheme of ABABCC. The fourth stanza continues the tetrameter of the third stanza and rhymes ABCCBDEDEFGFFFGHHG. This kind of rhyme scheme represents the flow of river 'Alph' which symbolises Colereidges imagination.
The poem ÃÂKubla KhanÃÂ starts with first five lines that sound...