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Both poems bespeak the same conclusion, but in each poets individual style.
The way to immortality is through perfectly beautiful art, although only the art survives physically, both are immortalized.
perfection (other world ) is impossible for mortal humans
Kubla fails to capture Nature (the river Alph)
the poet STC fails for fear of the consequences,
'And all who heard..' '..should cry, Beware Beware'
and the poet (JK) defers perfection/immortality to the urn :
"When old age shall this generation waste/Thou shalt remain..a friend to man'
artists can get close but only their art may actually reach immortality,perfection
the unreproducible 'muse's song in Khan
the urn's depiction of past that is still occuring
"For ever wilt thou love and she be fair"
the greatest art is as close to perfect as humans can comprehend. Any farther and they endanger their grounding in humanity
The urn depicts immortal/perfect scenes
"More happy love! MOre happy, happy love!" ... "All breathing human passion far above"
and the song (the full version) represents understanding of the universe
"for he on honeydew hath fed,/And drunk the milk of Paradise."
and the loss of humanity thereby
"His flashing eyes, his floating hair!"
"Thou ... dost tease us out of thought/As doth eternity"
weak ones:short length, stanza form? , rhyme
Keats' pattern : descriptive imagery from object builds towards transcendence, sudden break in imagery denotes return to mortal concerns, metaphysical conclusion (as "Ode to a Nightengale")
Coleridge's pattern : tale in stages -> moral conclusion as ('The Rime of the Ancient Mariner")
illusionary music (thanks hon)
The muse's song in Kubla:
"That with music loud and long,/I would build that dome in air,"
The pipers' tune in Urn:
"Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard/Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on;"
images of beauty and joy clash with images of sadness,remorse, horror
this is common to both poets in their own way
Khan river, land, grounds vs ancient war spirits, is an example of Coleridges obcession with reconciling opposites.
Urn's dancers, lovers, procession vs empty town, cold stone are common of Keats' subtle introduction of remorse into his happiest imagery
the reason each artist holds back from trancendence: Keats simply denies he can, where Coleridge thinks he could but fears the consequences
Although both poems reach a simillar conclusion, it is stated in a very different manner, seemingly much influenced by the poet's view of the world
Keats is facing his young death from tuberculosis, and it's spectre is giving him peace of mind that he might not otherwise possess.
Coleridge is greatly terrified that he will lose his grasp on sanity and his friends.
In this way, the poets provide opposite views of the ramifications of their shared conclusions about the nature of art and immortality while reaching the same conclusion.
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