La Belle Dame sans Merci

Candie Daniel
Mr. Hinton
English Lit
13 June 2012

"La Belle Dame sans Merci" by John Keats

John Keats was a young, up and coming inspirational poet whose life ended way too soon. He evoked images as if you, the reader, were there to see it in person. He died from tuberculosis and I think that what he is describing in the poem "La belle Dame sans Merci" is his life, love of Fanny, his fiance', and his love of beauty and his poetry disappearing. He had a vivid imagination and that is also what we see in the poem, "La Belle dame sans Merci" as he explains the story of a knight who has lost everything that he loved. This interpretation is one where Keats sees himself as the knight ...

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as the passer by questions the knight about his forlorn condition.

The knight starts to respond in the fourth stanza explaining that it was a woman that he met earlier she was very beautiful, "a fairy's child" as he recalls. Keats was comparing his love of beauty, Fanny, his work and his life to the beautiful lady who in the end leaves him wanting more. Keats wants more than he will get in this life. He wants to live life to the fullest, to marry the woman that he loves and he wants to continue to write but that is a dream that will go unlived due to his death from tuberculosis. This could possibly mean that she had an ethereal beauty about her and was not of his world but being overtaken by her beauty he didn't notice. He also describes her as having long hair, being light of foot and having wild eyes. He tells the passer by that he made beautiful bracelets, a garland and a belt out of flowers for her and he saw nothing else but her. This is a contradiction of the earlier season ...

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