Monday, April 24, 2023

April - Poetry Month - Day Twenty-four - Xanadu


       Happy Poetry Month, where poems parade in the streets, run like rivers within our veins or settle in our hearts every.single,time. 
       I am using this older book pictured left that follows the alphabet with one kind of prompt each day. I used this book on occasion in the classroom years ago, but never worked through it day by day, with deliberation! Here goes!

        Here is part of what the book describes as a Xanadu poem: "refers to a poem that describes an imaginary place that is more beautiful and more wondrous than any place that really exists. The word Xanadu comes from a poem called "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Kubla Khan was a real person who conquered China in the eleventh century. In the poem, however, Coleridge made up a beautiful underground kingdom and had Kubla Khan visit it." 
       Some of you may know that beautiful poem. Another poem some think of as a Xanadu poem is Yeatts' "The Lake Isle of Innisfree". 

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