Articulate Vision: A Structuralist Reading of "Kubla Khan"

Language and Style, Vol. 8, pp. 3-29, 1985

25 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2009

Date Written: 1985

Abstract

Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" has a highly coherent structure in which the two parts of the poem exhibit the same ternary structure. Each can be divided into three sections, the middle of those three in turn has three subsections and again, the middle of the middle has three subsections. The first section ends with "A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice," a line which is then repeated in the middle of the second section. This structure encompasses both semantics and sound, uniting both in a single coherent mental act.

Keywords: poetry, cognition, Coleridge, Kubla Khan, stylistics, poetics, structuralism

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Articulate Vision: A Structuralist Reading of "Kubla Khan" (1985). Language and Style, Vol. 8, pp. 3-29, 1985, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1501787

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