• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Coleridge contrasts the two worlds of Kubla Khan by first describing the ordered world of Kubla Khans palace and suddenly changes rhythm and rhyme of the poem, which brings across the surrounding natural world that provides Kubla Khan the foundation of

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Essay on the two worlds of Kubla Khan Coleridge contrasts the two worlds of Kubla Khan by first describing the ordered world of Kubla Khan's palace and suddenly changes rhythm and rhyme of the poem, which brings across the surrounding natural world that provides Kubla Khan the foundation of his power. However he is unable to control it. At the beginning of the poem Coleridge starts to build a sense of the exotic and mysterious. In the second line, Kubla Khan's power is emphasized as he orders a fitting palace for himself. Contrast is shown through the words 'stately' and 'pleasure dome'. 'Stately is suppose to convey Kubla Khan's grand and splendid creation while 'pleasure dome' refers to a place of leisure and luxury. ...read more.

Middle

In contrast to the structured dome and its gardens, the landscape surrounding Kubla's domain is wild and untamed, covered by ancient forests and cut by a majestic river. There is a difference between Kubla Khan's planned estate and nature's realm however they are seen to exist harmoniously together. The mood of the second stanza is of upheaval and turmoil. It refers to the anger, excitement and turbulence of Kubla's chosen place. The poem shifts from the balance and tranquility in the first few lines to an uneasy suggestion of what is beyond normal. There are contradictions in the river's path. Along with the boulders, the river emerges. The previous similes describing the boulders both use images involving striking: hail hits the earth; the thresher hits the grain. ...read more.

Conclusion

The damsel plays the instrument so beautifully that all passions are brought forth from the scenes before. The caverns appear in the poem for just a moment at first, as the place the river passes through. They are the opposite of the warm, happy palace. They are dramatic, freezing, underground, and represent everything the pleasure dome is not. In the line 'That sunny dome! those caves of ice!' The caverns are contrasted with the sunny dome, the caves of ice becomes a symbol of the forces of nature that lie under and surround the works of man. The clash of these forces is one of the main points of Coleridge's vision. In conclusion, Coleridge uses a pattern of contrast between worlds throughout the romantic poem, in order to give it both a purpose and structure that represents Coleridge's ideal of a harmonious blend of meaning and form in poetic art. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Poets essays

  1. Compare and Contrast James Joyce & Charles Dickens

    whereas Joyce's encapsulates a safe environment, however not as descriptive as the writer is paying more attention to the people currently in Stephen's life, however Joyce does describe the playground as "wide" that was "swarming with boys". An example of the environment surrounding Pip is answered in the third paragraph

  2. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner-Issues of Paganism and Christianity

    The Mariner, like Jesus' early disciples and modern day Evangelists, has a duty to tell his story so others benefit. The Mariner also tells of his 'strange power of speech', which is likely to be a reference to the ability to talk in tongues.

  1. Social and literary background to Mirza Ghalib's works. Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan known ...

    While reading his poetry it must be remembered that it is the poetry of a more than usually vulnerable existence. In 1816 Ghalib wrote to a friend who had had his portrait done and sent it to Ghalib to see.

  2. Critical analysis of one poem; Kubla Khan

    and "...holy and enchanted" are put in amongst descriptions of nature, elevating it as it suggests to the reader the idea it was God who not just created, but exists in what Coleridge has portrayed. The description of Xanadu is quite sensuous, as though Coleridge is desperately trying to show

  1. Remind yourself of the passage in Tony harrison's poem V. from 'the days last, ...

    The obscenities, most of them four lettered, and the symbol v (verses) sprawled across the graves, shows the aggression and frustration of the youths that sprayed it and Harrison explores all the other verses of our society; classes, gender, races and language.

  2. "All The major Romantics...were engaged...in the rediscovery of nature, the assertion of the one-ness ...

    Coleridge also seeks to create 'one-ness by using objects as a metaphor for unity. In Lime Tree Bower, 'the last rook' that Coleridge sees unifies him with his friend Charles, as he is able to find comfort in the fact it came from where Charles is, and that Charles saw it as he "stood'st gazing".

  1. Read the poem Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Write an ...

    Appealing to us to 'hear, oh, hear!' (L 14). It seems acceptable for the wind to cause so much destruction, in order to transform from one season to the other. The second stanza doesn't flow as smoothly, containing more of a declamatory style as 'Angels of rain and lightening' (L 18), and 'Vaulted with all thy congregated might' (L26)

  2. Considering the Snail - English Literature Poem Essay

    An example of the modification of the normal syntax structure in Considering the Snail can be seen in the second stanza: ?as he hunts. I cannot tell what power is at work, drenched there with purpose, knowing nothing? As the reader digests the long sentence structure, it can be considered

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work