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 terms of form, the ballad structure was used by many of the Romantic poets. In contrast with the more regular and formal heroic couplets favored by the Augustans, the ballad is more fluid and allows greater room for variation. It is also a popular form as opposed to one grounded in educated literature, and this sense of folk tradition was also prized by Romantic poets and critics. The vocabulary, with its mixture of simplicity and archaism and use of loose rather than periodic sentence structure, is also typically Romantic.
Another Romantic feature is the medievalism of the poem. Many Romantic poets admired the medieval period and wrote about knights and other elements from medieval romance. The supernatural and folkloric elements are also typical of Romanticism, including the presence of...
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