She is the same lady who has led them the dread fate. It cannot last forever and has to eventually bow down before either time or death. Dean, Sonia; Ryan, Judith, eds. The poem has 12 stanzas with 4 lines each. At this point the knight is lonely and hopeless, but he does not show anger towards her. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own.
O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing. It could symbolize that the lady was magically beautiful. The dream might just be his rationalization; a way of making her out to be evil in order to cope with the pain of learning his love is unrequited, and in love there is despair. I set her on my pacing steed, And nothing else saw all day long, For sidelong would she bend, and sing A faery's song. Ah, what can ail thee, wretched wight, So haggard and so woe-begone? The knight says that he met a beautiful fairy lady in the fields.
Till here the poet is talking and raising questions to the knight-at-arms. That is when he awoke and found himself alone and on the verge of death, without any sign on his lover in sight. La Belle Dame sans Merci is a ballad that was written in 1819. The knight tells the speaker that he encountered a beautiful fairy in the woods with whom he felt in love with. And there she lullèd me asleep, And there I dreamed—Ah! What might it tell us about how we experience time ourselves? The sedge has wither'd from the lake, And no birds sing. O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, So haggard, and so woe-begone? When he set her on his horse, she led him to her cave.
However, one could also argue that Keats wrote this poem as a dedicated tribute to absolute beauty. There the lady expressed her love for him and lulled him to sleep. There are two versions of this very famous ballad. The Beldam in Neil Gaiman's 2002 horror-fantasy novel references the mysterious woman who is also known as Belle Dame. We know nothing about the speaker who interrogates and describes the knight.
La belle dame sans merci, the beautiful lady without pity, is a femme fatale, a Circelike figure who attracts lovers only to destroy them by her supernatural powers. Browning addresses obsessive and sinister love which is lost through destruction, and Rossetti expresses real love which is lost through bereavement. In literature, winter symbolises solitude, sorrow and grief. Are the lips of the knight closing the eyes of the fairy? Ask your students to recite the refrain of a popular song, or one that gets stuck in their heads easily. Idealistic Romantic description 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. Perhaps it refers to the way of expressing her love.
And this is why I sojourn here, Alone and palely loitering, Though the sedge is withered from the lake, And no birds sing. It is composed in the spring of 1819, is an exquisite ballad, recapturing, as it does, the simplicity, the spontaneity, the directness, the vividness, and the graphic force of the ancient models. Keats believed that people of great intellectual prowess must retain the ability to accept that everything might not have a clear-cut value and that there is not always one true answer. That illusion, contradistinguished from delusion, that negative faith which simply permits the images present to work by their own force. Unlike , the poet here does not celebrate the beauty but rather considers it as something which causes grief and suffering.
Keats was looking after him through the process, contracted the illness himself, and wrote Endymion, which was harshly criticized. The cold has chased away the birds, and yet the Unidentified Speaker notices that the Knight is suffering from a fever. In this sense, this poem to some extent is an autobiographical poem. Even though the love he feels for her is pure and true, she did not have the same feelings. How Keats felt about his love for Fanny Brawne we can discover in the several poems he addressed to her, as well as in his letters.
His mother had died of tuberculosis when he was 14; his brother, whom Keats nursed through his final months, died of the same disease in 1818. There are many such figures in traditional supernatural ballads concerned with a faery's seduction of a human; notable examples include Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer. Keats shortens the last line of each stanza: it has only two stresses and usually only four syllables. There are often two ways of seeing this scene, as the knight quickly learns. He had a great love for nature, which was always included in his poetry in some way.
You and your teacher may have a different opinion of the sonnet. The poem narrates a sad and tragic love, betrayal of a mortal being who falls in love with a fairy. Pull different kinds of metrical feet—anapest, dactyl, iamb, trochee, spondee—from the lyrics they give you having a few songs in mind yourself may be helpful. Considered an English classic, the poem is an example of Keats' poetic preoccupation with love and death. A reading such as given above would fit well with Keats's general ambivalence concerning romance and the bower. Review the different kinds of rhymes as a class.