One of Jane Austen's contemporaries was the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Although he and Austen never met, and they wrote in vastly different styles, both are now considered among the most significant writers of that period. One of Coleridge's most famous poems in "Kubla Khan," a poem inspired by his reading of a work of history on the medieval Mongol emperors. Please complete the following activities for Friday.
1. Read the poem, found here.
2. Read the story of the poem's creation found here (1st paragraph of the Wikipedia entry).
3. Choose your favorite image or lines from the poem and be prepared to explain your choice.
4. Google the poem and bring a statement you found which helps you better understand some part of the poem's meaning.