Friday, April 27, 2012

X is for . . .

chinese mountain top
Image courtesy: Christan Matheson

Xanadu. Not the Olivia Newton John film. I mean the Coleridge poem itself:

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. 

See the rest here.

Huaqing Palace, Xi'an, China
Image courtesy: Pet_r

This poem came to Coleridge in a dream while under the influence of opiates and reading a description of Kublai Khan's summer palace, the afore-mentioned Xanadu. Have your dreams gone into your writing?

And now for "Name That Famous Brand": (Do I even need a picture? Is there more than one famous brand that starts with 'x'?)

Photo cropped from an image by: kretyen

Yesterday's famous brand: Wilson tennis balls

Click on the A to Z Challenge button at top right for a linked list of participants.


  1. Xerox?

    Got to say, I'm not as sure on this one. And yes, my dreams have gone into my writing. Especially the really weird ones. :)

  2. Juli got it.

    No, not the movie version. It was awful.

  3. My characters have the best conversations just as I'm falling asleep - but I can remember what they said the following morning!

  4. One of my favourite stories began with a scene that was so perfect in my dreams that I put off writing the story for months and months because I was afraid I couldn't do it justice. In the end I don't think I did, but I came as close as I could :)

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

  5. such a beautiful place--don't know the x product, again!

  6. Too funny - I did Xanadu as well for X - but I like your photos better! Well done!

    Well... just hopping by from the A to Z

    Here is my A to Z Challenge. I hope you stop by!

  7. What a lovely place.

    I've always been intrigued by that poem.


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