La Belle Dame Sans Merci

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  • Created on: 28-02-18 19:40
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  • La Belle Dame Sans Merci [the beautiful woman without mercy]
    • Context
      • John Keats 1795 - 1821 Romantic poet Pre-Raphaelite 1848
        • died from TB not scandalous lifestyle
      • Courtly Love - knight is in love with a married noblewoman > love is doomed from the start interested in folklore
      • opposite stereotypes of women
        • The Femme Fatale > portrays perceived dangers of female sexuality, uncontrolled sexuality brings danger to the men around them
    • Language
      • "Fast withered" has connotations of loss of life, death/dying
      • "haggard and woe-begone?" has connotations of death/illness    negative language
      • repetition of "wild" suggests that "she" can not be tamed
        • "there I shut her wild wild eyes" implies that he tried to control "her" (threatened her?)
        • Form & Structure
          • Ballard < form of poetry is medieval, like a song
    • Form & Structure
      • Ballard < form of poetry is medieval, like a song

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