BSc BA ADP English Poem Kubla Khan By S. T. Coleridge Summary & Introduction
Kubla Khan (S. T. Coleridge) Introduction
This is a very extra-ordinary poem written by the poet when he was only 25 and his poetical faculties were at the top. He once fell sick and under the influence of drug (opium), he saw a vision or dream while asleep. Before going to sleep, he was reading in a book named Purchas’s Pilgrims that Kubla Khan had commanded a palace to be built with an attached stately garden. Under the influence of the drug, he saw a detail of that palace etc., and composed a poem – this great masterpiece.
Kubla Khan (S. T. Coleridge) Summary
Once the poet saw an Abyssinian maiden in his dream. She was playing on a musical instrument called dulcimer and singing a song of the Mount Abora. Her song was very inspiring and delightful. It was so exciting that if the poet could remember the song of the lady, he would be able to rebuild the pleasure-dome of Kubla Khan’s palace in his imagination. Then the people would be able to see for themselves the sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice and they would beware of him because he would have flashing eyes and floating hair. They would take him for a saint who had eaten honey-dew and the milk of paradise, i.e., Divine food.