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Eve of St. Agnes takes on a tragic tone near the end. How far do you agree with statement?

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luckyusman | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 30, 2009 at 1:43 AM via web

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Eve of St. Agnes takes on a tragic tone near the end. How far do you agree with statement?

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mshurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 1, 2009 at 7:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Actually, I find no tragic elements in this poem. "The Eve of St. Agnes" is a beautifully achieved example of Romanticism in English literature. Rich in sensual figurative language, it tells the story of Prophyro and Madeline, young lovers who flee from her hateful family and run away together into the night. The poem ends with Prophyro and Madeline escaping together, surely a happy and satisfying ending. Romeo and Juliet they are not.

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