O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing.
Poem[ edit ] Of the two versions, scholars[ who? The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing. O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, So haggard and so woe-begone? I see a lily on thy brow, With anguish moist and fever-dew, And on thy cheeks a fading rose Fast withereth too.
I made a garland for her head, And bracelets too, and fragrant zone; She looked at me as she did love, And made sweet moan. She took me to her Elfin grot, And there she wept and sighed full sore, And there I shut her wild, wild eyes With kisses four.
And this is why I sojourn here, Alone and palely loitering, Though the sedge is withered from the lake, And no birds sing. O what can ail thee, wretched wight, Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge is wither'd from the lake, And no birds sing. Ah, what can ail thee, wretched wight, So haggard and so woe-begone?
I see a lily on thy brow, With anguish moist and fever-dew, And on thy cheek a fading rose Fast withereth too. I made a garland for her head, And bracelets too, and fragrant zone; She look'd at me as she did love, And made sweet moan.
She found me roots of relish sweet, And honey wild, and manna dew, And sure in language strange she said. She took me to her elfin grot, And there she gaz'd and sighed deep, And there I shut her wild sad eyes So kiss'd to sleep.
And there we slumber'd on the moss, And there I dream'd, ah woe betide! Analysis[ edit ] This section possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations.
Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. October Learn how and when to remove this template message "La Belle Dame sans Merci" is a popular form given an artistic by the Romantic poets.
Keats uses a stanza of three iambic tetrameter lines with the fourth dimetric line which makes the stanza seem a self-contained unit, giving the ballad a deliberate and slow movement, and is pleasing to the ear.
Keats uses a number of the stylistic characteristics of the ballad, such as the simplicity of the language, repetition, and absence of details; like some of the old ballads, it deals with the supernatural. Keats's economical manner of telling a story in "La Belle Dame sans Merci" is the direct opposite of his lavish manner in " The Eve of St.
Part of the fascination exerted by the poem comes from Keats' use of understatement. Keats sets his simple story of love and death in a bleak wintry landscape that is appropriate to it: Keats relates the condition of the trees and surroundings to the condition of the knight who is also broken.
In keeping with the ballad tradition, Keats does not identify his questioner, or the knight, or the destructively beautiful lady. What Keats does not include in his poem contributes as much to it in arousing the reader's imagination as what he puts into it.
La belle dame sans merci, the beautiful lady without pity, is a femme fatalea Circe -like figure who attracts lovers only to destroy them by her supernatural powers. She destroys because it is her nature to destroy. Keats could have found patterns for his "faery's child" in folk mythology, classical literature, Renaissance poetry, or the medieval ballad.
With a few skillful touches, he creates a woman who is at once beautiful, erotically attractive, fascinating, and deadly. Some readers see the poem as Keats' personal rebellion against the pains of love.
In his letters and in some of his poems, he reveals that he did experience the pains, as well as the pleasures, of love and that he resented the pains, particularly the loss of freedom that came with falling in love. In other media[ edit ] This section does not cite any sources.
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Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay. "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" is in the form of a dialogue between two speakers. The first is the unnamed speaker who comes across a sick, sad knight and pesters him with.
"La Belle Dame sans Merci" (French for "The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy") is a ballad written by the English poet John Keats.
It exists in two versions with minor differences between them. It exists in two versions with minor differences between them. La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats is after the form of the lyrical ballad. Many well known poets of the romantic era used this form in their written works. This particular ballad has a meter and rhyme scheme that produces a flow that engages the reader.
La Belle Dame sans Merci study guide contains a biography of John Keats, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary .
La Belle Dame sans Merci study guide contains a biography of John Keats, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. About La Belle Dame sans Merci Poem Text.
Analysis of Keats' Captivating and Dismal Ballad "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" - John Keats is a spell binding poet, who lived a short life of 25 years, but left behind a towering legacy in the Romantic period.