"Kubla Khan" 15 words

Learning this word list will help you better understand Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1797 poem "Kubla Khan."

The full text of the poem is available here.
  1. stately
    impressive in appearance
    A stately pleasure-dome decree:
  2. decree
    issue a decree
    A stately pleasure-dome decree:
  3. cavern
    a large cave or a large chamber in a cave
    Through caverns measureless to man
  4. sinuous
    curved or curving in and out
    And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
  5. chasm
    a deep opening in the earth's surface
    But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
  6. turmoil
    a violent disturbance
    And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
  7. seething
    in constant agitation
    And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
  8. meander
    to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
    Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
  9. prophesy
    predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
    Ancestral voices prophesying war!
  10. damsel
    a young unmarried woman
    A damsel with a dulcimer
  11. dulcimer
    a trapezoidal zither whose metal strings are struck with light hammers
    A damsel with a dulcimer
  12. beware
    be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to
    And all should cry, Beware!
  13. thrice
    three times
    Weave a circle round him thrice,
  14. vision
    a religious or mystical experience of a supernatural appearance
    Or, a vision in a dream.
  15. waning
    (of the Moon) pertaining to the period during which the visible surface of the moon decreases
    As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted