Flashcards in La Belle Dame Sans Merci (1819) Deck (7)
Who was the author?
What was the story in LBDSM?
2 first person speakers. A knight narrates his encounter with a femme fatale character and how this lead to his love sickness/death
What are the themes?
Love, death, enchantment
What is the tone?
Super natural, melancholic, deathly
Form and structure?
Ballad- love song
Last line is cut short- knights life is cut short
Regular rhyme and cyclical nature- death is inevitable and inescapable
Archaic language- helps with medieval setting “ail thee” “steed” “thy”
Repetition of pale- knight is dying “palely loitering” “pale” “death pale”
Metaphors of death- knight is dying “I see a lily in thy brow” “fading rose”
Pathetic fallacy- foreshadows knights death “the sedge has withered from the lake” “no birds sing”