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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
General Information
Full Name Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Gender Male
Race Human
Nationality Flag of England England
Born 21 October 1772
Died 25 July 1834
Special Information
Residence Highgate, England
Occupation Poet
Organization None


Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, Romantic, philosopher and literary critic who was one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England.

"Kubla Khan"Edit

In 1798 Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a poem called "Kubla Khan" based on what he read in books that were ancient even then. In the 15th Century, Samuel Purchas wrote of Xanadu in his travel diaries, books that fascinated Coleridge. The poem "Kubla Khan" by Coleridge is in the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook, and was recited by one of Donald's nephews during 'Return to Xanadu'.

It is the following, and describes Xanadu:

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


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;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.


But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:
And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!


The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!


A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 'twould win me
That with music loud and long
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
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.

–Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan

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