Kubla Khan Summary
Kubla Khan Summary:Kubla Khan ordered a splendid pleasure dome to be built where the sacred rives Alph ran underground down to dark sea. These enclosed ten miles of fertile grounds with walls and towers. Within these walls were garden full of fragrant flower trees and old forest enclosing green fields. (Lines 1-11)
A romantic chasm leaned out against a green hilt that lay across a cavern of cedar trees. It was a savage place:—here a woman might have bewailed on a dim moonlit night the loss of her demon lover. A mighty fountain threw out jets of water every moment, and scattered fragments of stone like grains under the rod of the thresher. Amidst these dancing rocks the sacred river Alph took its rise and wound its zig-zag course through woods and valleys for five miles until it reached the caverns measureless to man down to a lifeless ocean. Here Kubla Khan heard his ancesstors prophesying war. The shadow of his pleasure dome rested on the middle of the river. It was a palace of wonder—a sunny pleasure dome with caves of ice. (Lines 12-36)
The poet saw an Abyssinian maiden playing on a dulcimer and singing of mount Abora. If he could recall the maiden and that song, he would build a similar dome in the air, And whoever heard would call upon men to beware of his flashing eyes and floating hair. They would weave a circle round the poet and close their eyes in fear. For the poet had fed on honey-dew and he had drunk the milk of Paradise. (Lines 36—54).