Coleridge's Kubla Khan Or A Vision In A Dream

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Dreams allow a small insight into the complex inner workings of the subconscious. Kubla Khan or A Vision in a Dream is a literary form of Coleridge’s subconscious, allowing an access into the depths of his mind that would not be revealed otherwise. Using Freuds Interpretation of Dreams to analyse Kubla Khan, one can begin to understand Coleridge’s subconscious; revealing what is suppressed and what is repressed within. However, the readers experience is limited by the author.
The suppression of desire is what forms part of the subconscious and is thus revealed within the depths of dreams; allowing an insight into the darkness of sexual desire and want. In Kubla Khan, Coleridge reveals his own suppressed sexual desires through the daemonic relationship
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The fractured and inconsistent structure of the poem shows the lack cohesiveness of thought but retains the flow of thought. The flow of thought is smooth representing the flow of the subconscious in a dream like state. Yet, to distinguish what is ‘meagre’ and with little purpose from what is potent in the subconscious is difficult as there are no distinguishing marks. The poem itself is a ‘Fragment’ of its true form, unable to be completed due to Coleridge being interrupted by a ‘Polack’ causing part of the poem to be lost in the process. This limits the coherency of the poem and means that some of the meaning that was formerly intended is lost in the loss of memory. What Coleridge may have intended to produce and the result could have been completely different. In addition, with the translation from thought to paper, more intention of the poem is lost. Thus, what Coleridge’s dream contained and what the audience experiences are completely opposite, with the audience only experiences what Coleridge’s deigns to share and what he has not forgotten; it is no more than a mirage of the real dream.
Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams allows insight into the depths of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan. Suggesting to the repressed and confined parts of his mind, Kubla Khan provides some revelation which hints to certain ideas. The lines between reality and fantasy blur in the poem, echoing a dream like effect that captures the mind of Coleridge and yet, the subconscious can never be fully understand; neither by the author or the interpreter. The subconscious remains a mystery that will never be translated

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