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A wise man once said Nature in all its glory can be the deliverer of life or the destroyer of all that is good In the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge nature takes up a major portion of the poem as Coleridge described the dream world of Khan This poem reveals the romantic elements of nature championing the individual and freely expressed emotion Nature is a dominating element in this intriguing poem Khan was a savage Mongolian ruler who enjoyed chaos This chaos plays a major part of Khans dream world He puts trees volcanoes and rivers along with many other aspects of nature One example of nature is and there were gardens bright with sinvons rills This quote refers to the beautiful flowers and the winding streams This image is not something you would think to come from a savage Another example is this Down the green hill athwart a cedar cove A savage place These two lines refer to a savage place across from a grove of cedar trees This shows that Khan is not a totally savage man but he does enjoy it This poem is filled with many instances of nature and I have only named a few Without he aspect of nature in this poem it would be a much weaker poem Nature is not the only literary aspect in this poem Another literary aspect of this poem is championing the individual This deals with Khan believing that he is omnipotent and all controlling Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding Hail refers to a volcano erupting Why would someone put a volcano among this perfect city The only type of person I think would do this is someone who thought they could control it As we all know there is no way to control a volcano as well as other aspects of nature And mid this tumult Kubla heard from far Ancestral voices prophesying war I believe this quote
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