Friday, January 30, 2009

Coleridge and Porlock

For those who don't know the story of Coleridge and the 'Person from Porlock', it can be found here. As it explains, just outside Porlock Coleridge came out of an opium haze and started writing down his vision which was to become the poem Kubla Khan. However, he "was unfortunately called out by a person on business from Porlock, and detained by him above an hour, and on his return to his room, found, to his no small surprise and mortification, that though he still retained some vague and dim recollection of the general purport of the vision, yet, with the exception of some eight or ten scattered lines and images, all the rest had passed away like the images on the surface of a stream into which a stone has been cast, but, alas! without the after restoration of the latter!" Still, the images in the poem are extremely evocative of the scenery where it was written around Culbone Parsonage and Ash farm. To read it, click here.

1 comment:

Glowing Face Man said...

Hi.. my theory is that the man from Porlock was made up by Coleridge to give a hint about the real meaning behind Kubla Khan"...