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La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Form
Like the Eve of St Agnes this narrative poem is written as a medieval ballad
o Centred around one event
o Simple language
o Minimal detail of character
Written in iambic tetrameter to follow the ballad form
o Written in 4 line stanzas
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o `I made a garland for her head'
o `I set her on my pacing steed'
o Yet the characterisation of her wild nature opposes her passivity
Sexual imagery
o `and made sweet moan'
o `I set her on my pacing steed'
Feminine
o `sing a faery's song'
o `full…

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