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1 A Quest for the Naturally Supernatural, Poetic Inspiration— Hallucination or the Exotic?

2 Pandaemonium The Rime of Ancient Mariner Kubla Khan

3 How is Coleridge presented in the film? And the Wordsworths?

4 Idealistic Pantisocracy (citizen baby, citizen pig…) Marriage with Sarah Idealistic about gardening, disregarding poverty and hunger Drugged cannot tell the differences between reality and illusion

5 Dorothy The “new Milton: should write an Epic in the language of liberty Not about domesticity Poetry can be simple; plain like the food we eat; understandable by simple men. William

6 Revolution Pantisocracy Thornapple alcohol Gas that changes one’s voice Science (galvanism) Writing New Poetry

7 He had so great velocity. I’m afraid to write in front of him. I wandered lonely as a cow. Cloud would be better, William.

8 Wordsworth Hardship of England mariners  Elvers  Why do the other crew have to die?  “Then extinguish that light.” “slimy things did crawl with legs upon the slimy seas” He’s broken the bond with nature My darkness and my dreams are drawn to the power of these images, but they seem to shrink in the daylight. D. Wordworth

9 Tintern Abbey 1:19  publication of the book Kublia Khan 1:25 Tintern Abbey 1:30

10 “The Three Bears” by Southey (also the writer of Goldilock) Reading of Kubla Khan 1:40 William asked Dorothy to reject C’s poem, as he asked C to do so to Thewall Destruction of Coleridge Destruction of Dorothy and the poem


12 Revolution Frost at Midnight and meeting Dorothy Wordsworth Creation Opium and Ancient mariner Tinturn Abbey, the publication of Lyrical Ballads and Kubla Khan 2 nd volume of Lyrical Ballads, Coleridge’s return to find Dorothy addicted  ending Daffodil and The Ancient Mariner

13 Like one, that on a lonesome road Doth walk in fear and dread,...

14 Limbo Tis a strange place, this Limbo!—not a Place, Yet name it so;—where Time and weary Space Fettered from flight, with night-mare sense of fleeing, Strive for their last crepuscular half-being;— Lank Space, and scytheless Time with branny4 hands Phantom or Fact Call it a moment’s work (and such it seems) This tale’s a fragment from the life of dreams; But say that years matured the silent strife, And ’tis a record from the dream of life.

15 The frost performs its secret ministry unhelped by any wind … Tis calm indeed! so calm, that it disturbs And vexes meditation with its strange And extreme silentness

16 In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round: And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills, Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree; And here were forests ancient as the hills, Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

17 But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover! A savage place! as holy and enchanted As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted By woman wailing for her demon-lover! And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething, As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing, A mighty fountain momently was forced: Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail, Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail: And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever It flung up momently the sacred river. Five miles meandering with a mazy motion Through wood and dale the sacred river ran, Then reached the caverns measureless to man, And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean: And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far Ancestral voices prophesying war! The shadow of the dome of pleasure Floated midway on the waves; Where was heard the mingled measure From the fountain and the caves. It was a miracle of rare device, A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

18 A damsel with a dulcimer In a vision once I saw: It was an Abyssinian maid, And on her dulcimer she played, Singing of Mount Abora. Could I revive within me Her symphony and song, To such a deep delight 'twould win me That with music loud and long I would build that dome in air, That sunny dome! those caves of ice! And all who heard should see them there, And all should cry, Beware! Beware! His flashing eyes, his floating hair! Weave a circle round him thrice, And close your eyes with holy dread, For he on honey-dew hath fed And drunk the milk of Paradise.

19 1. What meanings does the poem convey? 2. What are the symbolic meanings of the albatross, the wedding and wedding guest, the mariner and his journey? 3. What do you think are the functions of repetitions?

20 1. two short poems and “Ancient Mariner” --for Quiz 2. Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage Canto I: I-VI Canto III: I-XXVIII, XXXVI-XLV, LII-LV, LXVIII-LXXVIII, LXXXXV-XCVIII, CXIV-CXVIII

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