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Study Questions for "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Coleridge

Vocabulary: fragment, imagery

Introduction: none

Lecture or Handouts: Why didn't Coleridge ever finish "Kubla Khan"? What interrupted him? Historically, who is Kubla Khan?

Identify the following characters, places, and images:

Kubla Khan, the pleasure-domes of Xanadu, Alph, the woman wailing for her demon lover,

Reading Questions for "Kubla Khan"

  • TBA

Passages for Identification: Be able to explain who wrote this passages, what poem the passage come from, and briefly explain their significance, context, or importance in the work:

A. In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleaure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

B. So twice five miles 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

C. A savage place! As holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

D. And all should cry, "Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of paradise."


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