What do you think of the view that Keats’s poetry stresses the supreme importance of sexual love?

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  • Created by: Grace Roe
  • Created on: 12-05-13 12:44

LTB1 JUNE 2010

 

What do you think of the view that Keats’s poetry stresses the supreme importance of sexual love?

 

Some readers may think that Keats’s poetry stresses the importance of sexual love, some may disagree. Sexual love can be seen in ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ and ‘The Eve of St Agnes’.

 

The Importance of sexual love can be highlighted in ‘La Belle Dame’ through sexual connotations in the phrase ‘I set her on my pacing steed’. This phrase indicates that the knight and the woman had passion; it is made clear that the woman is in love with the knight when she says ‘I love thee true’. The importance of the act is showing the reader that the characters were in fact in love with each other.

 

Some may argue with this point of view, evidence in the same stanza could give the idea that ‘La Belle Dame’ was forced into the act against her own will. The phrase ‘made sweet moan’ could indicate that she was in pain this idea is furthered later on, it says ‘she wept and sighed full sore’. This phrase uses ‘full sore’ to show that it was a painful experience

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