Tone in Kubla Khan

Tone Examples in Kubla Khan:

Kubla Khan 1

"But oh!..."   (Kubla Khan)

Notice how the diction, tone, and syntax in the following passage serve to express the subject of the stanza. Just as the river bursts forth and flows with a powerful energy, the poem’s language contains a similar burst of energy. The stanza begins with a sudden “But oh!” and includes numerous such exclamatory phrases, as well as long sentences which run across many lines.