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Module 1: Coleridge Kubla Khan

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English - Conclusion

Conclusion

One problem with the reading of the poem as about processes of creative
expression is in how we read Kubla Khan himself. Is Kubla the creative
artist who imposes order by imposing form, or is he a demonic tyrant who
imposes his will on the natural world, producing artificial beauty where
there was once natural beauty? In general, the view that this is a poem
about poetry is a popular view, but there remains little consensus about
just what is being said about the poetic process. In our view, however,
there seems good evidence to see it as a poem about the potential of forms
of artistic expression. "Potential for what?" may have to remain an open
question.

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