2005 Australian HSC essay : "More than anything else, Imaginative Journeys are about the process of speculation"

Essay by Kubla_KhanHigh School, 12th grade December 2006

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More than anything else, imaginative journeys are about the process of speculation. Discuss with reference to your proscribed test (Coleridge poetry - Kubla Khan and This Lime Tree Bower My Prison), one item from the stimulus booklet (Journeys over Land and Sea), and one piece fo related material (1984).

Imaginative Journeys are fundamentally linked with the practice of speculation and contemplation. One such example is in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's conversational romantic poem "This Lime Tree Bower My Prison", which contemplates the relationship between humanity, nature, and the divine. Similarly, Coleridge's supernatural poem "Kubla Khan" reflects on the yearning of humankind to reach and fulfil their personal perceptions of potential explored through Coleridge's allusion to the historical figure of Kubla Khan. The 2003 screenshot "Journeys over land and sea" reviews the idea of the imagining of the unknown and the ability to foresee benefits of exploration, and contrasts this with the idea of the dangers that may be encountered during the exploration.

In a more grim and threatening journey, George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984 delivers the vital results of Orwell's exploration into human nature, the importance of freedom, and the dangers inherent in totalitarian governance.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's conversational romantic poem "This Lime Tree Bower my Prison", Coleridge's imaginative journey consists of the speculation of the importance of the smaller details of nature as well as the larger, and the contemplation of the relationship between nature and the divine. For example, "In the great City pent, winning thy way with sad yet patient soul, through evil and pain...", Coleridge uses the figurative "pent" combined with emotive diction in words such as "evil" and "pain" to compare Charles Lamb's separation from nature to a spiritual drain. In a similar consideration, Coleridge learns a valuable lesson through missing out on...