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Module 1: Coleridge Kubla Khan

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English - Order and chaos

Order and chaos

What has all this to do with 'Kubla Khan'? Well, there is no doubt that
the description of the fountain's bursting is very sexual. Moreover, all of
this geological activity is associated with the wild, the uncivilised: the
place is 'SAVAGE' and certainly wild. Moreover, the metaphorical woman's
lover is a demon figure. Thus, sex is associated here with the Western
tradition of sex as uncivilised and quasi-evil.

But, as we said above, this tradition is ambiguous - sex is also sacred
in Western tradition: associated particularly with love and creation.
Creation, of course, is what gods do. Perhaps sex is held as sacred because
it is the closest that humans get to godliness - the ability to create
life. In any case, the place is not only 'SAVAGE', but 'HOLY' and the river
thrown up by the geological activity is 'sacred'. This demonic energy
creates, and what it creates is holy (ll.20-24). But creation is not just
the province of gods - it is also the province of artists. Kubla is a
creator, an artist in his way.

Thus, Kubla has created and brought order amidst wilderness, even
savagery, though that wilderness itself contains that which was sacred.

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