Romantic Poetry

-William Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey"
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan"
-Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Hymn To Intellectual Beauty"

These three poems are ones we examined and discussed during class powerful, recently.
They were chosen for this essay because they are all loaded and dense with powerful, profound and complex themes and ideas that are worthy of a closer analysis. Choose a substantial passage in one of the three poems that you found particularly challenging, frustrating and and too difficult to understand even after the multiple readings. Explain in depth exactly why you found that passage confusing, and through a closer more in depth poetic analysis, show how you were able to come to a better and satisfactory understanding of it. In your interpretation you may want to analyze some figures of speech, the imagery, the language, etc. Even though you are focusing on one passage you may definitely refer to other sections of the poem to provide context. Always support your assertions with the text of the poem.

You may want to begin your essay by briefly identifying and explaining the reasons for your difficulty in interpreting the poem. Where does the writer lose you and why? What phrases or words do you find confusing? What are some of the major ambiguities in the poem and how are you able to resolve them? Illustrate the validity of your point of view. Ultimately, your essay should propose a reasonable analysis and interpretation of the text you chose which will be your thesis.

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Essay, Romantic Poetry: Understanding Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kuba Khan
Like most students of poetry, I found Coleridge’s poem Kubla Khan not only difficult to understand, but also strange and mysterious, albeit very interesting to read. In particular, the author’s imagination of Khan and his palace is quite mysterious as he describes in the poem. In addition, I found the poet’s sudden change of scenes and themes frequently quite interesting but difficult to comprehend. Overall, the poem is interesting but hard to decipher the meaning, themes, and the author’s intent.
When reading the theme, the part that was perhaps the most difficult is in the second...

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