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La Belle Dame sans Merci

John Keats's poem "La Belle Dame sans Merci" provides plenty of hints about the season in which it is set. In the first stanza, we read that "The sedge has withered from the lake." Sedge is a type...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2021, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The poem "La Belle Sans Merci" can be considered a romantic poem because of the fleeting love between the fairy lady and the knight. The poem ends tragically, with the knight losing the love of the...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

I would argue that the central idea of John Keat's poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” is the difference between appearance and reality and the consequences of mixing them up. The knight meets a fair...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2021, 2:16 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

In this poem, perhaps one of the most well-known of Keats' shorter works, we see a story of a knight who has fallen in love with a mysterious woman in the wilderness. The concept of "loitering" in...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016, 12:58 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The knight's encounter with the lady in "La Belle Dame sans Merci" is such an utterly blissful experience that it makes it all the more difficult for him to get over his subsequent heartbreak. On...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2021, 10:39 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

There is very little description of the lady in "La Belle Dame sans Merci." Keats's depiction of her is deliberately impressionistic, allowing the reader to imagine the details of her face and...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019, 11:25 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

In Keats's poem, the dream may have multiple meanings, especially in terms of the knight's fate. First, there are class implications. The other men he dreams of share similar elevated positions in...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2009, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

These details serve to emphasize the supernatural elements of the poem. More than that, they are details that put the knight in a particular relationship with the fairy. There is a tradition that...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2017, 1:00 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The landscape in which the knight-at-arms is depicted at the beginning and, for that matter, the end of "La Belle Dame sans Merci" is lifeless and sterile. The sedge has withered from the lake,...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The lady is the bane of any man who crosses her path: the apotheosis of the "femme fatale" who leads men to their ruin. But then, this is no ordinary woman; she is a "faery's child," an indication...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019, 9:30 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Although he was an English poet, John Keats chose a French title for his poem "La Belle Dame Sans Merci," written in 1819. This is because the poem is an allusion to much earlier French works. One...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2021, 3:16 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Keats wrote the poem "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" about a knight that has been taken in by the love of a "capricious" fairy. His love is full and true, but the fairy is not interested in this and...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2012, 6:15 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

It is clear that from the beginning enchantment or some form of magic is at the heart of the attraction that the strange lady is able to provoke in the Knight who is left the worse for ever meeting...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2011, 7:29 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The main device used throughout the poem is repetition, which is characteristic of the traditional form the poem takes: the ballad. Ballads pertain to the oral tradition and are designed to be told...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

There are various clues in the poem which suggest what season of the year it is when the events of the poem take place. For example, early in the poem, it is mentioned that the "sedge"—a sort of...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 3:22 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The key word in the question is "lovely." The knight has been utterly bewitched by the fairy's enchanting beauty, so much so that he seems on the very edge of death. The fairy's magical kisses...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019, 8:48 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

In answering this question, we need look no further than the first line. The speaker asks the knight "What can ail thee?", which is an old-fashioned way of asking what's wrong with him. Such a...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019, 5:34 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The lady's tears are all part of the act. This beguiling fairy queen lures unsuspecting men into her elfin grotto—where she seduces and abandons them. And one of the reasons why she's so successful...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019, 10:42 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

In order to define "La Belle Dame sans Merci" as a ballad, we must first explore what a ballad is. There are many definitions out there (some of them getting quite specific), but a good, general...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2011, 3:48 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The descriptions of the pale figures in Stanza 10 of this poem are images that help explain what the knight saw when the lady of the title brought him to her dwelling. The poem hints that she is of...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Both poems are considered "Romantic" and are similar in several ways. Both have a medieval setting and concern unrequited love. Both create a mysterious and almost otherworldly atmosphere,...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018, 9:43 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

John Keats's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" is often considered a prototypical poem of the Romantic movement. Its features both conform to and set a pattern for a certain type of Romantic lyric poem In...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 3:14 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

In his dream, the knight sees "pale [dead] warriors" who tell him that the belle dame, or beautiful woman, has him in her "thrall." In other words, he is in her power. Before the dream, he had met...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019, 2:18 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

It is clear that the mysterious lady gave every appearance of loving the knight through her body langauge and what she said, if you can consider the "sweet moan" to be language. However, as #2...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2011, 4:14 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

These are two very interesting opposites to consider when thinking about this enchanting poem. I suppose one way of thinking about what happens in this poem is that it could be viewed as an...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2011, 6:25 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The pale, weakened knight tells the tale of his meeting a beautiful lady in a meadow. He spent the whole day with her, making her jewelry of flowers, and she told him that she loved him. While they...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019, 11:35 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

A "ballad" is defined as a "relatively short narrative poem, written to be sung" or recited. Is "La Belle Dame sans Merci" a ballad? Literary critics note that Keats imitates the form of a folk...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011, 3:50 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

At the very beginning of the poem the speaker asks the knight what ails him. In other words, he wants to know what the matter is. This would indicate that there's something about the knight's...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020, 10:41 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Clearly, in answering this question, you need to refer to the presentation of the knight in this poem, and in particular how he feels after being left alone by the mysterious lady that gave him...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

In "La Belle Dame sans Merci," the knight finds that his presumed dominance is exploited by a beautiful lady who leaves him helplessly captivated by her departure. When the knight first encounters...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2021, 7:31 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

There are many points of comparison and contrast between "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats and "The Lady of Shallot" (one of my favorites) by Alfred Tennyson. These points are in structure,...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2010, 2:54 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Keats’s poem is similar to "Lord Randall" in terms of overall poetic style. The poem consciously imitates the form of a folk ballad, of which "Lord Randall" is a well-known example. Ballads were...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2013, 10:20 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

"La Belle Dame sans Merci" clearly exemplifies elements of Romanticism and the English tradition of chivalry: ROMANTICISM There is a dreamlike, visionary quality to the poem The sympathy of nature...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2010, 1:52 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

According to the speaker, everything looks more dreary now that it is autumn and the harvest is complete. The speaker describes the knight as pale and tired, almost to the point of being...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2009, 7:00 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

There are two opinions on the construction of La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats. The first is that there is an unidentified observer speaking to a knight lying on a hillside; but this view...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2009, 3:25 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The narrator happens upon a knight in a field, all alone and weak; he is, apparently, dying as "on [his] cheeks a fading rose / Fast withereth." The knight explains that he met a beautiful lady,...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018, 1:30 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The first three stanzas consist of an extended request to know what's happened to the knight, why he's all alone and "palely loitering" by the withered lake. Clearly there's something up with him,...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019, 6:20 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

There have been many interpretations of this poem. Mine is that the beautiful and cruel woman of the ballad is a personification of nature. It is easy to fall in love with nature, but in the end...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2016, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The speaker of the poem meets the knight-at-arms standing by a lake. It's a pretty depressing scene. The sedge—a grass-like plant that grows near water—has withered, and no birds sing. The poor old...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2018, 6:33 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

In the 1819 ballad "La Belle Dame sans Merci" (the beautiful lady without mercy), John Keats does not say explicitly what season it is set. However, there are several lines that provide clear...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2021, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Each of the poems presents a man who is obsessed with a woman. In John Keats’s poem, the primary character, a forlorn knight, describes himself as helpless in the face of the woman’s charms: she...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019, 6:02 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The traditional ballad is a songlike poem that tells a story dealing with romance or adventure. The narrative is usually told in simple language with dramatic action, dialog, and repetition; often...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2013, 12:28 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

The speaker of the first three stanzas sees that the knight upon whom he happens is "haggard" and well past his prime, with "lily on [his] brow." Lilies are associated with death. The knight is, in...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Language that suggests the knight's dominance can be found in the sixth stanza, where he tells the speaker that he set the lady upon his pacing steed. The lady didn't mount the knight's horse by...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2021, 9:21 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

"La Belle Dame sans Merci" by John Keats exemplifies many of the typical features of Romantic poetry. First, it is written in the form of a traditional ballad, a literary genre that was frequently...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015, 11:08 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Similarities 1. Both poems are ballads. They contain a "sing-song" quality to them and they tell a story. 2. Because of the sing-song quality, both are pleasing to the ear 3. Both are stories of...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2015, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

Being a ballad, the style is a narrative, third person, story telling, lyrical method of retelling. It begins with an outsider's point of view about the knight and his experiences with the woman,...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2009, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

John Keats's "La Belle Dame sans Merci" is a Romantic ballad that tells of the misfortune of a knight who falls in love with a maiden who is without mercy--"sans merci." Much like some ancient...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2011, 6:51 am (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

In “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” one of the ideas that Keats presents is that beauty gives power. The speaker encounters a woman, “a faery’s child,” and immediately falls in love with her. As he...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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La Belle Dame sans Merci

You might want to examine how nature is used to reflect the emotional and psychological desolation of the knight as he is left "Alone and palely loitering." Note the way that the action of the poem...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2011, 7:29 pm (UTC)

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