Renée’s Story: ‘Kubla Khan’ & ‘Stopping By Woods’ Friday, 15 January 2010Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.
Tags: Robert Frost, Samuel Coleridge
An English teacher at high school once said ‘you should always be able to recite at least one poem – it will surely get you out of a pickle one day’ and thereafter i committed Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening’ to memory. Sure enough, it is often in a curious, long, or lonely moment that i find myself reciting it.
In my purse I carry a copy of Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’ – lacking the ability to commit its fantastical lines to memory, the wee folded up note, with its size 6 font provides swift escapism for the same moments mentioned above.
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.