La Belle Dame sans Merci Questions and Answers
by John Keats

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Would a theme in "La Belle Dame sans Merci" be a lady's outside beauty compared to her inside beauty?

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This is a very interesting question and one that I have been musing over since I first saw it. It is possible to talk about this great narrative poem and consider it using the theme you have identified. Obviously, far more traditional and obvious themes exist, such as despair, passion and unrequited love. However, I think it is possible to identify a theme of appearances and how they can often deceive us.

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