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Kubla Khan

[koo-bluh kahn] /ˈku blə ˈkɑn/
noun
1.
(italics) a poetic fragment (1797) by Coleridge.
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  • In truth, they were like the work of dreams: they were Kubla Khan, only more so.

    Stories by American Authors (Volume 4) Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • It was Kubla Khan's capital, and has been the metropolis of the empire since 1421.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • I have no doubt—other theories to the contrary—that "Kubla Khan" broke off suddenly because Coleridge dropped off to sleep.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • The contemplative man consoles himself for the destiny of the species with the lost portion of Kubla Khan.

  • Most of them are as different from the true irresistible magic of fancy as Thalaba from Kubla Khan.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • Wan-theen-seang would not submit to the Mongols, and was slain by Kubla Khan.

    Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh Augustus F. Lindley
  • And I wonder what he calls Kubla Khan, which has a beginning but neither middle nor end.

  • "Kubla Khan" is a fragment, painting a gorgeous Oriental dream picture, such as one might see in an October sunset.

    English Literature William J. Long
  • Another strangely beautiful poem, Kubla Khan—which came to him, he said, in sleep—is even more fragmentary.

    From Chaucer to Tennyson

    Henry A. Beers
  • Kubla Khan, with its slumberous melody and vague music, embodies the Asiatic sentiment.

    Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Kubla Khan in Culture
“Kubla Khan” [(kooh-bluh kahn) (1797)]

An evocative poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge about an exotic emperor. It begins with these lines: “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure-dome decree....”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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