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Keats Narrative Poetry
Father and Grandfather died at an early age NO PATERNAL FIGURE
Worked at Guy's Hospital explains his focus of human form/physical pain and suffering
Work and love for Fanny Brawn could not co-exist- he left for Italy
Victorian readers enjoyed pictorial/luxuriant/sensuous language.
19C readers regard Keats as "a forerunner of the arts for arts' sake movement".
1920s considered his ideas as universal truths.
Patriarchal view of women
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Knight discovered met/"wooed" beautiful woman nightmare discovered by narrator
Ballad Folk like / often told stories which conveyed morals or warnings
ABCB Rhyme Scheme
Iambic Pentameter disrupted every 4th line sense of confusion/mystery/lack of resolve etc.
Metre is constant BUT UNEXPECTED
Narrator unknown (reliable?) present tense, first person
Knight direct speech, unreliable, past tense, action orientated
Belle Dame no narrative voice
NOTE: Narrator could be (male) imagined by the knight narrative voice is so similar/ never
opposes his actions.
Desolate represents Knight's mentality "wither'd"
Winter in the countryside: unusual
Medieval moral/mystical elements: BALLAD
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Archaic Language authenticity of medieval setting
Assonance "O" gives haunting aural affect; emphasised by repetition...her singing?
`Faery' repeated supernatural/unknown/dangerous
Emotive language "wild","stranged", "lulled" attitude distorts reception
Patriarchy suppression of women/importance of men
Role of Women temptress/seductress; is she responsible in this case? (paradox of women)
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