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Kubla Khan at 200

with Nick Groom, Tim Fulford, Jane Moore and Robin Jarvis

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Sat 21 May 2016

Kubla Khan at 200

with Nick Groom, Tim Fulford, Jane Moore and Robin Jarvis

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Sat 21 May 2016,

Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’, a utopian evocation of a lost terrestrial paradise, is one of the most iconic Romantic poems. The story of its origin in an opium-fuelled dream, and of the interruption of its composition by the infamous ‘person from Porlock’, is as familiar as the poem itself. Written in 1797, Coleridge’s mysterious fragment did not see the light of day for nearly 20 years. 2016, the bicentenary of its first publication, offers the perfect opportunity for a fresh look at ‘Kubla Khan’ and its enduring significance and value. Three leading scholars of Romantic literature will offer different takes on the meanings of Coleridge’s poem and why it still holds such power over its readers: Nick Groom (University of Exeter), Tim Fulford (De Montfort University) and Jane Moore (Cardiff University). Chaired by Robin Jarvis, University of the West of England.

Illustration: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Bristol Reference Library 343).

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