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Module 1: Coleridge Kubla Khan

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Kubla Khan as an extended metaphor

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English - As an extended metaphor

As an extended metaphor

As we stated earlier, one traditional view of the poem is that it
represents a kind of extended metaphor for the processes of artistic,
especially, poetic creation. We know that Coleridge valued 'the balance or
reconciliation of opposite or discordant qualities' _(Biographia
Literaria_) as a mark of the poetic imagination. Up to this point, the poem
has been full of such contrasts: lightness and darkness; warmth and cold;
paradise and hell; peace and war (hence, creation and destruction). This
kind of thing, along with the figure of Kubla as god-like creator would
indeed suggest that the reading of the poem as a manifesto on poetic
creation is a highly valid one.

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