Coleridge claimed that "Kubla Khan" was the result of hallucinations he experienced during an opium-induced reverie. Upon perusing "Kubla Khan", a bizarre amalgamation of fantastic images and magic, one can easily agree that his allegation is indeed plausible, for the vivid poetry seems too fantastic to have been concocted by the conscious mind; rather, it seems to be a creation of the stimulated id. The entire work is a personification of what can result when people, with the aid of drugs like opium, leave their conscious being behind to explore the parts of their mind that usually remain inaccessible. Consequently, "Kubla Khan" has no set mood, but instead, takes on the ever-changing states of mind one may experience as if in a dream: A few words is all the transition Coleridge offers when he tears his audience from away bliss and thrusts them into the innermost depths of hell.
The poem seems starts out harmlessly enough, describing a bucolic scene in a faraway land. The reader can almost hear a the soothing voice of a story-teller ready to embark on a tale of adventure as their eyes read lines such as "So twice five miles of fertile ground" and their minds pictured a calm sea of rolling farmland. Yet, even the first stanza, by far