Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born in Devon in 1772. His father, a clergyman, moved his family to London when Coleridge was young, and it was there that Coleridge attended school. Coleridge became the poet of imagination, exploring the relationships between nature and the mind as it exists as a separate entity. Poems such as “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “Kubla Khan” demonstrate Coleridge’s talent for concocting bizarre, unsettling stories full of fantastic imagery and magic Romantic literature involves the exploration of nature and the finite qualities of the human imagination; a poet that revolutionized the concept of nature and how nature is reflected in one’s imagination is Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is evident in his poem, “Kubla Khan,” not only does Coleridge refer to a historical figure like Kubla Khan, but he describes the topography of Kubla Khan’s empire within the expanses of his kingdom and the vast unknown nature outside of his kingdom. However unlike Coleridge’s counterparts during the romantic period, Coleridge has no structure to his poem, it almost seems as if he jotted down his imagination of a mysterious land, one within the confines of the lush and safe empire, and another wild and restless area outside of the territory. Coleridge is known to state contradictory ideas within his poetry, nonetheless the author combines the two contradictory factors to create an overlapping understanding of the topography of Xanadu, otherwise known as Kubla Khan’s kingdom. As suggested above, it is evident in the first stanza of the poem “Kubla Khan,” Coleridge is trying to create an environment within the confinements of the kingdom, which is safe, beautiful and defined, within the boundaries of Coleridge’s imagination. But before Coleridge describes Kubla Khan’s vast kingdom, he makes a contradictory statement. Take for example in lines 3-5, “ where Alph, the sacred river, ran, through caverns measureless to man, down to a...
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