Analysis of the poem Kubla Khan By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor’s Kubla Khan Introduction Kubla Khan is the capital of Xanadu, an imagined which makes the poem fictional. The poem is a dream by the author, whose concentration is affected to write an inconsistent piece. In the poem, Samuel Taylor Coleridge applies the use of imagery. This paper analyzes the poem to apply a theme stressed in Taylor’s poem to complete the plot development.
The use of Imagery
In the first stanza, the Taylor creates a vision of a sacred river running down a sunless sea, this picture is defined to the reader as the writing engage them in the author’s visions. The author then explains the twice five miles of fertile ground in the second stanza to create a picture of towers girdled round. The image depicted here is a castle with bright gardens holding sinuous rills. In the gardens, trees have grown, and the trees form forests. Around the forests, there are hills that are explained to be ancient. The garden, trees and the hills present the unfolding light of the sun. The reader can visualize these, natural geographic, features as they create a vision of nature in the mind.
In the third stanza, first line, the author attempts to create a romantic feel. He talks about a romantic place that slants down the green hill diagonally. The place is savage and enchanted. Within the romantic setting, there is a wailing woman. The woman wails because of her demon-lover who is presented as an awful soul within the peaceful setting. In the third stanza, eighth line he talks about a mighty fountain forced open, and water in the fountain pours out breaking the rocks within the surrounding. When these rocks break and spread away, he refers to the breaking rocks as the dancing rocks. The image of dancing rocks is created, as these are fictional entities in the reader’s mind. The language applied is extremely convincing and creates a breed of fictional characters. The author then explains that as the water from the fountain pours out, it goes into a sacred river. This river runs through wood and dale, which means the river, would be assumed as alive and physically sprinting. The water from the river pours into a lifeless ocean. He creates the picture of a calm ocean, with limited vegetation. Despite the refreshing feeling and peaceful figures created, the author suggests an irony in the war that would eventually befall Kubla Khan. This creates a picture of fear in the readers’ mind, as one pictures a strong wind, funny sounds and the image of people listening to the frightening voices. The author visualizes caves with ice in them (Bloom 99).
As the poem progresses, he talks about an abyssian house cleaner singing on Mount Abora. A picture of a servant singing with a lovely voice on top of a mountain is created. The author ends the poem by warning the people of this dreamland. He talks about milk and honey that presents a feeling of paradise. The castle presented at the onset of the poem suggests an empire that creates the image of a dynasty. A contrast is achieved in the images that present peace and salvation that would soon meet their end.
Conclusion
The imagery application within the text issues motion to immobile provisions. The author in the poem uses the strong language to present the reader a link the physical entities in nature. The poem picks on an imaginary land to accord it life and energy. The poem is a dream but the author manages to make the reader picture Kubla Khan as an existing kingdom by using imagery.
Work Cited
Bloom, Harold. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers,
2000. Print.