"Kubla Khan" (1797)
Things to Consider:
  • "Poem and prose introduction together enact the quintessential fiction of the so-called fragment" (CLA 309).
  • "Interruption and loss are the necessary guarantors . . . of ideal vision:  the fragment is the form that artfully intimates a whole beyond human potential to achieve" (CLA 309).
  • Interesting interpretive essay 
  • Forms of Creation/Creativity
  • Portrayal of the Feminine and Sexuality


"Christabel" (1797-1801)
Things to Consider:
  • Elements of the Gothic :
    • Atmosphere of mystery and suspense (indeterminacy of time)
    • Religion, esp. Catholic church, as oppressive force
    • Setting in old/decayed castle
    • Omens, portents, visions
    • Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events
    • High, even overwrought emotion
    • Women in distress
    • Metonymy of gloom and horror
    Dove imagery and conflation of Christabel (Bard Bracy's report of dream) and Geraldine (Sir Leoline's response)
  • Portrayal of Sexuality
  • Snake Imagery

Discussion Questions:
"Kubla Khan"

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275-76:

"Christabel"
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Other Discussion Questions:
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