La Belle Dame Sans Merci

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  • La Belle Dame Sans Merci
    • The beautiful woman without pity
      • introduces enchanting but cruel lady
        • set ominous tone - not usually expected from courtly ballads
    • Characters and voices
      • Faery
        • Speaks to knight in stanza 7
      • Knight
        • In all but 3 stanzas
      • Narrator
        • 1st Hand
          • The Knight
            • Knight
              • In all but 3 stanzas
      • Old knights ghosts
        • used to set edge of danger and warning
    • Scenes and places
      • "cold hillside"
        • Alone, sad
      • "honey wild"
        • Happy, with her
          • "roots of relish sweet"
      • "roots of relish sweet"
    • Keats
      • The women in his poems are either a goddess or temptress
      • Victorian times
      • critism claimed his peoms were unsuitable for women because it contained erotic passages
    • Imagery
      • A lot of imagery embedded in nature
      • Religious imagery
      • Medieval imagery
    • Structure
      • Ballad
        • A poem narrating a story in short stanzas
          • follows the form of traditonal folk ballad
      • Repetition of simple language
        • keeps readers engaged
        • serves traditional ballad purpose
          • Ballad
            • A poem narrating a story in short stanzas
              • follows the form of traditonal folk ballad

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