Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in English
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Kubla Khan
1 online resource. Digitized photocopy of typescript.
This paper evaluates the critical response to Samuel Coleridge's "Kubla Khan." In the Introduction I outline my critical approach, which attempts to see the relationships between parts of the poem, sources outside the poem and poet himself. In analyzing Coleridge's esthetics, I have come to the conclusion that the poem was the first of a new type of Romantic poem. The central structural principle of this type of poem is the use of illusion and the fragmented form, or the illusion of the fragmented form. Poems that fall within this esthetic frequently use the "vision within a dream" motif as a metaphor for this illusion.
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Widerburg, Allen Dale, ""Kubla Khan" and its Critics" (1975). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2384.