Comparing Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” and Blake’s “London”


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Comparing Coleridge’s "Kubla Khan" and Blake’s "London"
Samual Taylor Coleridge and William Blake use contrasting imagery, form and thematic intent in their works to achieve a lasting impact on the era of Romantic poetry. Coleridge’s opus is set in a pastoral dreamscape whereas Blake’s bleak missive is anchored in the foul stench of disease ridden and socially unjust, eighteenth century London. Coleridge’s Kubla Khan and Blake’s London are two poems that could not be more different in images, subject and setting.
Though both are Romantic poets, only Coleridge’s poem stays true to that form, Blake on the other hand goes beyond the English Romantic’s fascination with pastoral scenes and trades that for the grime of an exceedingly difficult...
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..... be overthrown as well.
In conclusion, both Coleridge and Blake appear to have similar aims though their images, subject and setting are very different. Their poems, while written in the same decade, take different approaches, Coleridge’s visions are born out of medicinal drug use, while Blake’s own images are a frank appraisal of a city’s shortcomings. One is romantic, while the other is anchored in a harsh reality.
Blake, William. "London." The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer. 8th ed. 1 vols. New York, NY: Beford/St. Martin's, 2007. 691.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. "Kubla Khan." The Bedford/St. Martin's Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer. 8th ed. 1 vols. New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007.