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Erica Spiezio Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge is a poem about the magnificent power of the creative mind Using vivid images and mystery Coleridge is able to show how an inspired poet has the ability to create new worlds with his imagination The only problem that Coleridge encounters as he progresses through this poem is the fact that everything that is created in ones mind risks destruction when introduced into the real world In the first stanza of this poem a pleasure dome is described In this first stanza there is no mention of the turmoil or wrenching work that could be associated with creating such a place This comes later In this first stanza Coleridge is mainly concerned with the existence of the dome itself In Xanandu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree Where Alph the sacred river ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea This pleasure dome exists in Xanadu which gives the reader a sense that it is not in a real place It is necessary to understand the rest of the poem in order to fully grasp these lines In understanding the rest of the poem it becomes evident that these lines suggests that this paradise was born from a vision or poetic inspiration The word decree in the second line helps to back up this point Colerdige like the historical figure Kubla Khan decreed that something be created Coleridge himself with the omnipotent power of his own mind made this place exist and therefore it became a reality for him So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree And here were forests ancient as the hills Enfolding sunny spots of greenery Although there are many tangible elements incorporated in this stanza such
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