(Keats) Women

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  • Women
    • La Belle Dame
      • 'I shut her wild wild eyes'
        • Wants to tame/understand women (never settled down to marry)
        • Repetition of 'wild' suggests infatuation (trance-like)
          • Eyes are seen as windows to the soul
        • Use of pronouns creates a possessive effect (paired with decisive 'shut') POWER PLAY
      • 'language strange' + 'starved lips'
        • Lack of dialogue (only hints at speech) creates a vague effect
          • Miscommunication (Keats laments over promises never made)
            • Keats' relationship with Fanny Brawne never became a reality
          • Possibly just a sexual/ verbal assault on a female whose response is left out
            • Menand: 'A horror of female sexuality'
        • Sibilance creates a slipping effect (emphasises dream-setting)
          • Victorians were especially interested in the psychology of dreams
            • Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams was published in 1899
    • Ode to Psyche
      • 'A casement ope at night'
        • Unable to have the reality so he traps the ideal form of female love in his imagination
          • Fears he will not be able to experience the world in time (experience of death)
          • Keats dies of TB in Rome at the age of 25 in 1821
            • John Jones: incapable of 'jostling in the real world'
          • 'Beauty is truth'
      • 'forest' to 'gardener'
        • Wants to tame/understand women (never settled down to marry)
        • Keats wants to lure her into a managed/ controlled environment
        • A forest is typically a symbol of the subconscious
      • Greek Myth: ideal woman who fights for love (unlike Fanny)
        • Desire to create poetry in a world devoid of mythic grandeur
    • St Agnes
      • 'silken hushed and chaste'
        • Women likened to materialistic qualities (objectified/ shallow)
          • Only sees outward beauty
            • Keats claims he would not spend 'anytime with ladies unless they are handsome'
        • 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'
      • 'tongueless nightingale should swell her throat in vain'
        • Women are voiceless in Keat's poetry (submissive ideal)
          • Sibilance also emphasises inability (OR Keats unconsciously silencing women in poetry)
        • Reference to Philomel (***** by barbarous king & tongue removed)
      • 'A casement high'
        • Godly status + angelic quality (unreachable e.g. Fanny)
        • Also an image of entrapment
        • 'A casement ope at night'
          • Unable to have the reality so he traps the ideal form of female love in his imagination
            • Fears he will not be able to experience the world in time (experience of death)
            • Keats dies of TB in Rome at the age of 25 in 1821
              • John Jones: incapable of 'jostling in the real world'
            • 'Beauty is truth'
    • Isabella
      • 'there is richest juice in poison flowers'
        • Romanticism (Keats also studied to become an apothecary)
        • Suggests an overload of senses (passion leads to ones downfall)
          • Thomas Wright: 'the union of joy and pain'
        • Emphasises swift Summer romance ('wintry cold...to summer clime!')
          • Almost vain (suggesting lovers control the seasons)
      • Keats described it as 'too smokeable'

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