English - Introduction
Kubla Khan - Introduction
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In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five mile of fertile ground
WITH WALLS AND TOWERS WERE GIRDLED ROUND:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills.
ENFOLDING SUNNY SPOTS OF GREENERY
Kubla Khan', the poem, is surrounded by legend that may or may not affect
our reading of it. Certainly Coleridge has left us a detailed account of
the composition of the poem, though whether that account necessarily forces
us to see the poem as a "Fragment" is debatable.
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