Xanadu, that fabled land which Coleridge immortalized in his poem Kubla Khan.
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.
The land is magical:
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover.
The poet continues:
The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves…
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
What a vision! What a land!
Measureless caverns. Demon-lovers. Underground sea. Mighty fountains. Domes of pleasure. Caves of ice. Ancestral voices.
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