‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ can be looked at on many different levels but on a basic level it is about a knight that is infatuated with a beautiful women. ‘Remember’ is a poem written by a women who says when I am gone forget me and move on with your life. The poem portrays love and loss. ‘At Castle Boterel is a poem about a man who is remembering his wife. This memory is triggered by his surroundings.
This poem is mainly about loss. ‘Stop All The Clocks’ is a poem about 2 lovers who have been separated as one has died, the poem expresses how the person has to cope with the death of their partner.’La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ is about how a knight is attracted to a beautiful woman that has no mercy. There are 2 poetic voices in the play these are a person observing the knight and the knight himself.In verse 1 there is a representation of winter. This is show by the quote”The sedge has wither’d from the lake” This is said by the observer.
This symbolises that the knight is about to die. This image shows how winter causes death. The fact that there are no birds shows there is nothing able to stay alive. In verse 2 the knight shows how he is tired and how he is preparing for winter. In context this verse is about being gloomy. The general theme of the verse is a gloomy mood.
The following quote shows that the knight is preparing for winter...
.”Sa haggard and so woe-begone?”In verse 3 the poetic voice that he is very ill.”I see a lilly on thy brow”Which symbolises that he is a very pale and he is almost on the verge of death. The woman that the knight is infatuated with is like poison.
He is also ill because his love is fading. From verse 4 to 6 there is a much happier feel to the poem. In verse 4 the poetic voice has changed to the knight and he is describing the women he is infatuated with. The following line shows he loves her beauty.”Full beautiful – a fairy’s child, Her hair was long, her foot was light and her eyes were wild”It shows how he thinks the woman is delicate. He finds her eyes mysterious.
In verse 5 the knight is describing how he love the women. The women looks back at the knight as if she loves him, the knight finds the women very erotic. In verse 6 the knight puts the women on top of the horse and he is mesmerized by her look. The knight doesn’t remember anything about the whole day except that he was with that beautiful woman. In verse 7 the beautiful women speaks in tongues to the knight and he understands every thing that she is saying.
The knight believes that the beautiful women told him when she spoke in tongues to him that she loved him. The knight has become totally enchanted by the women. In verse 8 the beautiful women has take total control over the knight, she
take the knight into a cave. In verse 9 he says”And there she lulled me asleep.”The beautiful women tricked him into sleeping and there he had a dream. This dream came instantaneously, in which he sees other people that have suffered the same fate at the hands of a beautiful women.
In verse 10 the knight describes the dream, the dream tells the knight he has been taken in by the women’s spell. In verse 11 the knight is warned about the women and how she is evil and will cause him immense pain. Then he awakes from the dream and is on the cold hillside. In verse 12 it simply shows the knight at the beginning of the poem waiting for death.
The last line of each verse is cut short I believe this shows how the knight has been cut short by his love for the women.The language used in this poem has many different aspects. The writer has chosen to use archaic vocabulary to give the ballad a medieval atmosphere it also makes a sense of mystery. There is also a few metaphors use in the poem.The form of this poem is a ballad.
A ballad is a traditional form of poetry, which usually tells a tragic or sad story. Keats decided to use a ballad, as the story he is telling in his poem is a very sad one it is also very tragic. ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ is mainly about love and loss with a sexual undercurrent.The poem could also be interpreted on many different levels.
It could be interpreted as love, jealousy, drug addiction, sexual infatuation and a woman controlling a man. The knight’s illness could be seen as withdrawal symptoms from addictive substances, which is represented by the women. Similarly the poetic voice could also be showing us how love is fatal and that it can lead to death.’Remember’ is a poem written by a woman who says when I die I want my partner to grieve my death but I want him to continue with his life.
There is only 1 poetic voice in this poem, the poetic voice is of a women talking to her partner about what he should do if she dies. Half way through the poem the poetic voice changes from remembering the lover to forgetting him. In the poem the poet thinks of a gentle image instead of death.”Gone far away into the silent land”The silent land is a euphemism for death, the poet has used a euphemism for death as it gives it a gentle image. It also suggests that she is going into another place.”When you can no more hold me by the hand”The poet is showing physical separation between herself and her partner in the image.
“Better by far you should forget and smile”This quote shows that the poet would prefer her husband rather to forget her and get on with his life. ‘Remember’ is sonnet where as ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ is a ballad. A sonnet is composed of 14 lines. This sonnet is split into 2 different sections, the octave and
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