X is for Xanadu

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.


Have you read anything on Xanadu? Do share.

6 thoughts on “X is for Xanadu

  1. That's one of my favorite poems. I did countless papers on it in college, and I always think of it when someone says \”Xanadu.\” I wrote a bit about Xanadu in my X post as well. :)Have a great Friday!


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