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Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" and "To Nature"

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Power of dreams This paper deals with S.T. Coleridge?s poems ?Kubla Khan? and ?To nature?. It discusses the connection between dreams, imagination and mostly the hallucinating effect that drugs had on Coleridge while he wrote his poems. Coleridge was so high that he had vision of his own ?opium world? and later he wrote about the lack of respect humans have for nature. ?Kubla Khan? is divided in two parts where the first part starts with a description of the palace which was built by the Mongolian ruler Kubla Khan and the second part is about a vision of a woman.?To nature? is shorter poem but more direct and easier to understand. These first lines show how huge the opium effect actually was, because he dreamed of a pleasure dome that was supposed to be built. He was just dreaming about an opium house where everything around it is close to perfection regarding the description of the nature and where he put his imaginary dome. ...read more.

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A savage place! As holy and enchanted as e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted by woman wailing for her demon-lover! ?(12-16) And it finally happened. He got his hands on drugs and he consumed it changing his physical state immediately where he refers probably to his metabolism mentioning the river again: ?It flung up momently the sacred river. / Five miles meandering with a mazy motion / through wood and dale the sacred river ran...? (23-25) When the drug related pleasure reached its highest point he saw his ?pleasure dome?and it was made out of opium. It was a miracle of rare device, a sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice! (34-35) Before he wrote his final lines Coleridge was interrupted by a mysterious character called Porlock. I am sure that he took another dose and continued to write normally. In the final lines I think he glorifies the ?opium dome?relating it to something beautiful such as a maid and her dulcimer which she played on. ...read more.

Conclusion

?So will I build my altar in the fields, and the blue sky my fretted dome shall be, And the sweet fragrance that the wild flower yields Shall be the incense I will yield to Thee, Thee only God! And thou shalt not despise Even me, the priest of this poor sacrifice? (9-14) ?Kubla Khan? is a glorification of anodyne or opium that Coleridge was addicted to. He felt good consuming it and I think that he just wanted to ?spread the word around?trough his poem so that others can try it. The greatest artistic creations were made by artists that were addicted to some kind of a vice. The world famous bands and their band members (e.g. Depeche Mode) had their episodes with drugs but I do not blame them because they gave us something that we will enjoy in for a long time. I think that Coleridge is an ancestor of rock stars and artistic works that are drugs associated especially because of the fantastic images which he used to describe his visions that can be felt rather than read because of their tone and vividness. ...read more.

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