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La Belle Dame Sans Merci ­ Analysis

Structure:

Knight discovered Met / "wooed" beautiful woman "elfin grott" nightmare found.

Form:

Ballad Folk like / often stories with moral or didactic elements.
Iambic Tetrametre ­ regular stanzas: like a story.
ABCB Rhyme Scheme
Three lines of 8 syllables, fourth only has…

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Moral message.

Context:

April 1819 2 years before Keats' death: focus was on writing.
Expression of guilt over leaving Fanny Brawne.
Love and the outside world could not co-exist for Keats seclusion was successful.
Patriarchal ideals: women expected to be subservient if not they were regarded wearily.

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