Kubla Khan | Critical Essay by Charles I. Patterson Jr.

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of Kubla Khan.
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Critical Essay by Charles I. Patterson Jr.

SOURCE: Patterson, Charles I., Jr. “The Daemonic in ‘Kubla Khan’: Toward Interpretation.” PMLA 89, no. 5 (October 1974): 1033-42.

In the following essay, Patterson concentrates on the “daemonic” element in “Kubla Khan,” linking the work with a Platonic view of the inspired or “possessed” poet, which the critic contends is central to an interpretation of the poem.

As is well known, there are strong differences of opinion concerning both what Coleridge's “Kubla Khan” expresses as a whole and the symbolic import of major elements within the poem. Perhaps no other poem of the time, not even Keats's Lamia, has evoked more widely diverging views of its meaning. Coleridge designated it a fragment in his prefatory statement, but...

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