Summarize Keats' poem, "The Eve of St. Agnes."
This poem focuses on the eve of St. Agnes, a night when, according to legend, a young maiden can receive a vision of her lover.
At the opening, we see the story from the point of view of the beadle, an old man who is paid to say prayers. He feels the cold of the evening very strongly and is prepared to stay up all night praying for the souls of "sinners."
This opening creates a sense of cold and foreboding that foreshadows that all will not go well on this night. Then we move from the beadle to the big party being held at the castle that evening.
Young virgins might have visions of delight,And soft adorings from their loves receiveUpon the honey'd middle of the night
Of candied apple, quince, and plum, and gourd;With jellies soother than the creamy curd,And lucent syrops, tinct with cinnamon;Manna and dates, in argosy transferr'dFrom Fez; and spiced dainties, every one,From silken Samarcand to cedar'd Lebanon