Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Kubla Khan

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Probably composed during the second half of 1797, Coleridge’s famous poem “Kubla Khan” was not published until 1816, when it appeared in a slim volume entitled Christabel; Kubla Khan, a Vision; The Pains of Sleep. Although Coleridge describes “Kubla Khan” in his apologetic preface of 1816 as a mere “psychological curiosity”, the poem is widely celebrated as a poetic tour de force and a complex investigation of the psychology of creativity and inspiration. But obviously Coleridge was uncomfortable with publishing the poem and withheld it from the public for almost 20 years, sharing it with only a select few fellow writers and then most often in recitation. Coleridge enjoyed performing the poem for other p…

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Robinson, Daniel. "Kubla Khan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2010
[, accessed 29 September 2016.]

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  1. English Romanticism