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Kubla Khan
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

An essay by William L. Benzon applying recent intellectual developments in cognitive linguistics and other disciplines to an in-depth study of Coleridge's poem.
A paper by Reuven Tsur which evaluates various critical interpretations of the poem, distinguishes between symbol and allegory, 'Negative Capability' and the 'Quest for Certitude', and the nature of "ecstatic states". Tsur also addresses the work of Maud Bodkin, John Beer and others.
In this paper Reuven Tsur presents a close reading with analysis of several excerpts in an exploration of the texture and structure of Kubla Khan.