(inter)national poetry month ~ April 2012 “X” come with me to Xanadu

(inter)national poetry month April 2012

A to Z Challenge ~ “X”

“ X “  come with me to Xanadu

anyone who has been to my heart’s love songs this month has seen that i have both been celebrating {inter}national poetry month with a series featuring other poets,  and participating in the  Blogging From A to Z Challenge April 2012.   today’s letter is “X” ~ please come with me to Xanadu in the poem  “Kubla Khan”  by  Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  it is said that he dreamed of  Xanadu,  that he dreamt the entire poem which is featured below.  click  HERE  if  you wish to learn more about the poet and the poem.  {having been written in 1816, it is now in the public domain.}

shall we go to Xanadu? ……..




Kubla Khan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And here were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
and here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

 But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And ‘mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:

And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ‘twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!

And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.


you knew i had to do it…..

“Xanadu”   Olivia Newton John

{ i could not come up with an idea for “X” ~ full credit for the topic “Xanadu”  goes to my friend,  Ainsley Allmark.   thank you,  Ainsley! }

i am participating in ~




Filed under A to Z April Challenge 2012, NaBloPoMo, National Poetry Month, poetry, Post-A-Day2012, Post-A-Week2012

4 responses to “(inter)national poetry month ~ April 2012 “X” come with me to Xanadu

  1. David M. Brown

    Wow! I very nearly wrote a post about Xanadu as well. Good thing I chose X-Files instead as i wouldn’t have been able to compete with your post :)

  2. My pleasure dani ♥ to be a bit of a Muse for you …thank you for accepting and using my suggestion ♥

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