WRITING PLACE: ‘Welcome to my Pleasure Dome’: Coleridge Cottage Activity with Rose CollisEvent Website
Free activity in the Reading Room
October 10th 2015
11am – midday
‘Welcome to my Pleasure Dome’: What would a ‘pleasure dome’ mean to people today? For some, it might be a dining room filled with their favourite food and drink. For others, a library full of rare books. For others, a fragrant garden with ponds and tropical birds. For others, a fun fair or amusement arcade. For others, their own artist’s studio. Where would it be? What would it look like? What would be in it? Why? Who would be there? Sounds? Aromas? Textures?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge had a vision of a ‘pleasure dome’ which he wrote in the birthplace of Romanticism:
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.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
Join Rose Collis in the Reading Room to write a brief description of what your ‘Pleasure Dome’ would be like. These ‘pleasure dome’ proses, poems and stories will be posted in the Reading Room and may even be shared on our website.