Study Guide

Kubla Khan Calling Card

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Calling Card

Natural Drama

The speaker of this poem finds a lot of dramatic material in nature. He's totally captivated by the power he sees in the natural world. This is pretty typical for Coleridge. His poems tend to be intense, emotional and rooted in the natural world. These are not polite, quiet, regular poems. They celebrate emotion instead of restraining it. "Kubla Khan" is stranger than most of Coleridge's poems, but almost none of them are meant to merely be amusing. He wants you to think about big, exciting ideas. Bringing all the raging power of nature into his poems is a way to get you to think about love, death, the soul and eternity.

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