Imaginative Journeys Essay

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The obstacles encountered on the journey challenge us to change and grow. Discuss.

Journeys form a catalyst for change in the individual. Through the imagination the individual is faced with adversities which are inevitably conquered, and on the return to reality the individual is able to change perceptions and beliefs. Edgar.A.Poe’s ”Dreamland” Coleridge’s: “Kubla Khan””The Rime of the ancient mariner” challenge the persona to reconsider their attitudes on the physical and unconscious world through the exploration into the medium of the imagination and the subconscious.

Dreamland delves into the depths of uncertainty and fear that is ingrained into our thoughts. The journey begins with “From a wild clime that lieth, sublime, /Out of SPACE- out of TIME.” Syntactical isolation suspends the rhythm of the first stanza. ‘Sublime’ is extended creating a sense of distortion of time, followed by: “out of space out of time” the use of repetition of emphasizes the persona departing the physical world and venturing into the unconscious where the imagination is a dimension not measureable by man. Similarly, in Kubla Khan, “Through caverns measureless to man, down to a sunless sea” the imaginative journey has commenced, half-intermitted, depicting the vast fragments of the imagination, producing an overwhelming awareness of the impossible made possible, and the boundless nature of the unconscious. The ocean in mariner could be symbolic of the vast and unrelenting nature of the mind for doing immoral things.

Once immersed in the unconscious the poems explore the imagination and the challenges that arise. Imagery in “Dreamland” is depicted as monochromatic “grey woods” and “white robed forms” which presents the limitation of the mind to depict realistic colours. It’s believed in the 19th centaury, only the conscious mind associates a colour to the memories of the dreams. This contrasts to Kubla Khan and Mariner where the images explored in the imagination are vivid...
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