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Foreshadowing in Kubla Khan

Foreshadowing Examples in Kubla Khan:

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"Or, a vision in a dream. A fragment...."   (Kubla Khan)

The poem’s subtitle foreshadows the theme of art as an endless pursuit of perfect expression. Coleridge calls the poem “a fragment” in a recognition of its limits. The reference to the “vision in a dream” refers both the the circumstances of Coleridge’s composition of the poem as well as the structure of the poem’s narrative: a dreamlike description of Xanadu is followed by a wakeful reflection.

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