I am still fascinated by this poem, a broken text (no right interpretation), with its ambiguity between a visionary and a real world, with its oriental landscape, reminding sometimes of Dante's paradise. We don't even know precisely who Kubla Khan is. Is he a god, a warrior, Coleridge himself? Coleridge had fallen in a trance (perhaps due to opium?). In his vision he could see ideas (subliminal) as if they were objects, he was calling ideas into meaning. When he awoke he was interrupted (space of rationality). According to an epoque-making statement, imagination may be compared to Adam's dream (he awoke and found it truth). This is the metaphor of poetry/ creation, i.e. one creates by seeing with the eyes of the mind. The garden is an utopian place. Its correspondent in Xanadu is the dome.