ERIC Number: EJ1108158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
"Kubla Khan" and Its Narratives of Possible Worlds
Nayar, Pramod K.
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v20 n4 p404-408 2013
This essay argues that Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" is a poem about narrative and specifically focuses on the narrative construction of possible worlds, or even utopian worlds. It notes two pairs of narratives. In pair one the utopian narrative of the monarch's decree which seeks to build a space of pure pleasure is in opposition to the narrative of a prophesy of war. In the second pair the Abyssinian maid's lyric is undermined by the narrative of amnesia where the speaker is unable to recall the lyric. The poem concludes, the essay suggests, with the idea that a possible world can be created only if we can recall the narrative foundations of this world.
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