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23-02-2010, 04:42 PM
Kubla Khan
As one who generally can't stand poetry, I can attest that I will not willingly read much of it. It generally leaves me feeling as though I had just wasted several minutes of my life.

However, there is one piece of poetry that I consider to be among the greatest things ever written by man, and that is Samuel Coleridge's "Kubla Khan".
Coleridge wrote the poem while on a massive opium trip. He intended for it to be an epic of massive length, but unfortunately the drugs wore off before he was able to finish it, and his miraculous talent disappeared from whence it came. For the rest of his life, he was unable to reattain the state of perfect poetry that had allowed him to craft these amazing opening verses, and the poem sadly remains unfinished.

For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of reading it, here it is:

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.

"Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness."
- Terry Pratchett
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24-02-2010, 01:29 AM
 
RE: Kubla Khan
Hi there,

The grandson of marauding conqueror Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan is famous as the founder of the Yuan or Mongol Dynasty of China. Kublai Khan centralized taxes and administration, improved agriculture, and established a famously splendid court at Cambaluc (now Beijing).
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24-02-2010, 07:51 AM
 
RE: Kubla Khan
Mm, nice bot.
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