(Keats) Men

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  • Men
    • Ode to Psyche
      • 'I wandered in a forest thoughtlessly'
        • 'forest' to 'gardener'
          • Tame image suggests he is overwhelmedby women (as he is by nature)
            • Keats wants to lure her into a managed/ controlled environment
        • A forest is typically a symbol of the subcons-cious
          • Keats uses a natural metaphor to describe his tumultuous thoughts
            • John Jones: incapable of 'jostling in the real world'
          • Fricatives create a suffocating effect (overcome by internal thoughts)
      • 'A casement ope at night'
        • Only open at night (limited freedom + only observing society/ reality)
          • Fears he will not be able to experience 'true love' in time (experience of death)
            • Keats was painfully aware of his own mortality (his brother died in 1802 + mother in 1810)
    • La Belle Dame
      • 'I shut her wild wild eyes'
        • Use of pronouns creates a possessive effect (paired with decisive 'shut') POWER PLAY
        • Repetition of 'wild' suggests infatuation (woman is actually in control)
      • 'knight' & 'warriors'
        • Incite images of nobility (encourages sympathy with the male voice)
        • Repetition of 'O' creates a romantic narrative voice (dream-like atmosphere)
          • Victorians were especially interested in the psychology of dreams
            • Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams was published in 1899
      • 'language strange' + 'starved lips'
        • Repetition of 'O' creates a romantic narrative voice (dream-like atmosphere)
          • Victorians were especially interested in the psychology of dreams
            • Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams was published in 1899
        • 'strange' suggests miscommunication (illusion)
          • Dialogue is hinted rather than stated (men misinterpret women, and blame them)
            • Keats' relationship with Fanny Brawne never became a reality
    • St Agnes
      • 'A casement high'
        • 'A casement ope at night'
          • Only open at night (limited freedom + only observing society/ reality)
            • Fears he will not be able to experience 'true love' in time (experience of death)
              • Keats was painfully aware of his own mortality (his brother died in 1802 + mother in 1810)
        • Godly status + angelic quality (unreachable e.g. Fanny)
          • Also an image of entrapment
      • 'silken hushed and chaste'
        • Sensuous sibilance imitates the rustle of silk (creates a claustrophobic effect)
          • Keats to Fanny - you are 'cruel to have so entrammelledme, so destroyed my freedom'
            • Menand: 'a horror of female sexuality'
              • 'throbbing', 'flushed' & 'rose blendeth'
        • Women likened to materialistic qualities (objectified/ shallow)
          • Only sees outward beauty
            • Keats claims he would not spend 'anytime with ladies unless they are handsome'
          • Keats lived in a patriarchal society where the feminine ideal still existed

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