At a glance:
- Author: John Keats
- First Published: 1820
- Type of Poem: Ballad
- Genres: Poetry, Ballad
- Subjects: Love or romance, Women, Kings, queens, or royalty, Folklore, Knights or knighthood, Chivalry, Autumn
“La Belle Dame sans Merci” is a remarkably evocative poem attaining subtle effects of mood and music in the short space of forty-eight lines. The twelve stanzas consist of three tetrameter lines followed by a concluding line of only two stresses. The title is taken from a medieval French poem by Alain Chartier in which the speaker is mourning his dead mistress. Other than the title, John Keats’s poem has nothing in common with Chartier’s.
The poem opens with an unnamed speaker asking a knight at arms what ails him, since he is all alone, pale, and...
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