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Lamia
Main Quotes
"The ever smitten Hermes empty left his golden throne,
bent on amorous theft."
"He found a palpitating snake"
"She seemed at once, some penanced lady elf,
Some demon's mistress, or the demon's self."
"It was no dream: or say it a dream was,
real are the dreams of Gods"
"Into the recessed woods they flew:
nor grew they pale, as mortal lovers do"
"The serpent began to change: her elfin blood to madness ran"
"Tis Apollonius sage: but too he seems the ghost of folly haunting my sweet dreams"
"Of wealthy lustre was the banquet room, filled with brilliance and perfume"
" "Fool! Fool!!" repeated he.. shall I see three made a serpent's pray?"
"Then with a frightful scream she vanished"
Key Ideas
Allegory of Keats' personal life and journey as a new poet (Lamia's transformation as a prelude to her
bliss with Lycius). "Palpitating snake" Fanny Brawne?
Love of immortality/fantasy/Grecian myth: mortal with immortal. Shows Keats' yearning "to capture
forever the apex of passionate intensity" (Perkins)
Echoes of Milton's Paradise Lost and folk superstition (Burton's Anatomy)
Women as paradoxical. Suggestion of Romantic subjugation of women: "she burnt, she loved the
tyranny"
"Apollonius: as embodiment of truth/wisdom/reason/science, will eventually ruin Lycius' 'sweet dreams'..
Keats engaging in a Romantic debate: Hunt in 1818 gave lecture in which he said "the progress of
knowledge limits the imagination and clips the wings of poetry"
A03 (language)
Binary opposites and oxymorons: poem reflects huge conflicts in Keats' poetic philosophy.
Sensuous and opulent description: synaesthesia. Landscapes of Corinth. Letters: "poetry should
delight with a fine excess"
Often described by critics as 'comic satire'..
Key word 'pale' used again: Hermes associated with death of mortals.
Lamia
Main Quotes
"The ever smitten Hermes empty left his golden throne,
bent on amorous theft."
"He found a palpitating snake"
"She seemed at once, some penanced lady elf,
Some demon's mistress, or the demon's self."
"It was no dream: or say it a dream was,
real are the dreams of Gods"
"Into the recessed woods they flew:
nor grew they pale, as mortal lovers do"
"The serpent began to change: her elfin blood to madness ran"
"Tis Apollonius sage: but too he seems the ghost of folly haunting my sweet dreams"
"Of wealthy lustre was the banquet room, filled with brilliance and perfume"

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Fool! Fool!!" repeated he.. shall I see three made a serpent's pray?"
"Then with a frightful scream she vanished"
Key Ideas
Allegory of Keats' personal life and journey as a new poet (Lamia's transformation as a prelude to her
bliss with Lycius). "Palpitating snake" Fanny Brawne?
Love of immortality/fantasy/Grecian myth: mortal with immortal. Shows Keats' yearning "to capture
forever the apex of passionate intensity" (Perkins)
Echoes of Milton's Paradise Lost and folk superstition (Burton's Anatomy)
Women as paradoxical.…read more

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