'Kubla Khan'

A poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), published 1816. Coleridge composed ‘Kubla Khan; Or, A Vision in a Dream’ in 1797 under the influence of opium. He fell into a reverie while reading a travel account, but his dream of the exotic Orient was interrupted by ‘a person on business from Porlock’. Although he tried to write down his recollections, only a 54 line ‘fragment’ remained. Coleridge conveys the pleasure induced by opium; however, his later work ‘The Pains of Sleep’ (1803) counters this by describing the torment of addiction. ‘Kubla Khan’ was eventually published in 1816, at Lord Byron’s request. Critics have explored a wide range of possible interpretations.

Manuscript of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'

Manuscript of S T Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan' [folio: 1r]

This manuscript is a fair copy (a neat copy) of Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'. It was written out on two sides of blue-tinted paper, in preparation for being sent to the printer. It shows evidence of numerous substantive textual changes and apparently predates the version published in 1816.

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'A Vision in a Dream'
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