Before understanding a created piece, one must understand its creator. Therefore, in order for the reader to fully appreciate and comprehend “Kubla Khan,” he or she must first be aware of Coleridge’s lifestyle and philosophy at the time that he wrote the poem. Although Coleridge attended college at the University of Cambridge in England, he did not graduate. Before receiving his degree, Coleridge dropped out of school to help found a utopian society in the Pennsylvanian wilderness with fellow poet, Robert Southey ("Samuel Taylor Coleridge- Biography."). The utopian society was intended to be a “Pantisocracy.” Pantisocracy is the idea of an equal government by and for all people. Although the utopian project fails to become a reality, Coleridge maintains a friendship with Robert Southey and is left with an appreciation of nature and a desire for a perfect paradise ("Samuel Taylor Coleridge- Biography."). This philosophical mindset lays the foundation...
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...of his works and the power with which he imbued both his poems and his prose, he would surely qualify as a profound philosopher as well.
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