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In the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge language is used to convey images from Coleridges imagination This is done with the use of vocabulary imagery structure use of contrasts rhythm and sound devices such as alliteration and assonance By conveying his imagination by using language the vocabulary used by Coleridge is of great importance The five lines of the poem Kubla Khan sound like a chant or incantation and help suggest mystery and supernatural themes of the poem Another important theme of the poem is that of good versus evil The vocabulary used throughout the poem helps convey these themes in images to the reader In the first two lines Coleridge describes the pleasure dome in Xanadu In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree Kubla Khan did not merely order but decree that a stately pleasure dome be built This dome is evidence of how unnatural the place of Xanadu is it has a ruler who ignores the unpleasantness that can be found in life The use of vocabulary challenges and teases the imagination into seeing what he Coleridge saw in his dream In Xanadu there are not small streams but sinuous rills and wall and towers do not enclose the gardens but are girdled round Coleridges use of language and vocabulary helps to convey the extent of his imagination In the poem Kubla Khan imagery is also important for Coleridge to convey his imagination to the reader There are images of paradise throughout the poem that are combined with references to darker more evil places On example of this is the demon lover that has bewitched the woman Coleridges image of the dome of pleasure is mystical contradicting the restrictions of realism Xanadu is also a savage and ancient place where pure good and pure evil are much more apparent than in the monotony of everyday living By using images Coleridge conveys the extent of his imagination
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