• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

comaprrison of La Belle Dame Sans Merci and a trampwoman

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare La Belle Dame Sans Merci and A Trampwoman's Tragedy. Consider any points of similarity and difference. Refer to other ballads as appropriate discuss the social and historical context of the poem. The ballads La Belle Dame Sans Merci and A Trampwoman's Tragedy at first appear similar; they both have what could be interpreted as love and a possible death however these are left ambiguous, they also have similar dreamy or illusive nature to them and an innocence conveyed by the main characters in each. The two ballads were written more than 80 years apart from each other yet have many similarities. La Belle Dame Sans Merci was written On Wednesday 21st April 1819 as a letter to George and Georgiana Keats form John Keats (1795-1821) John Keats was born in Finsbury Pavement in London. He was showing signs of tuberculosis in 1820, his mother and brother had already died of the disease, and he died two years later of the disease. ...read more.

Middle

her husband knew "my lover's dark distress" yet did not seem to care In La Belle Dame Sans Merci the love is between the knight and the lady, "she look'd at me as she did love" this implies that she looked deep into his eyes with a loving nature. She later tells him again, not directly spoken, but implied somehow, "and sure in language strange she said- 'I love the true'" she says I love the true but it may not be true, the title In La Belle Dame Sans Merci translates to the beautiful woman without mercy. Love in trampwoman's tragedy is less so, she refers to her husband as her "fancy-man" this implies that she is married to him but does not love him and may only want a short term relationship, however she later calls him lover "my lovers dark distress" but this is only after she had laid John's hand on her waist "laid his hand my waist upon" so this could have been guilt. ...read more.

Conclusion

side" this is after he kills the lady he dreams, maybe this is a vision of hell for him realising what he has done to the lady. In A Trampwoman's tragedy there is also a dreamy nature, the repeating of some phrases "The taverns tell the gloomy tale, the gloomy tale" "Thereaft I walked the world alone, alone, alone!" this may suggest that the trampwoman, mother lee, jeering John and her Fancy-man are all exhausted, the repetitive echo presents this. Even though two different people wrote these two ballads over 80 years apart they are very similar in the tone, the style and the emotions conveyed. The structure of them is also similar they both have an ending which is linked to the beginning. However they do also differ in ways, in A Trampwoman's Tragedy the death of john is clear and obvious but in La Belle Dame Sans Merci the death is left ambiguous. Overall the two ballads are similar in many ways but differ slightly in the direct facts given. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Love Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Love Poetry essays

  1. Three Traditional Ballads - The Griesly Wife, Frankie and Johnny and The Ballad ...

    Frankie and Johnny is a classic olden ballad which tells us about a woman who shoots her lover for cheating. It's based on a true story and has been rewritten by countless writers; this has been an outstanding ballad through many pages of life.

  2. Compare Carrol Ann Dufy to Andrew Marvell

    Some examples of this is that she uses basic language such as I, like, will and etc. She uses lines such as "I give you an onion", "it is a moon wrapped in brown paper", "for as long as we are".

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream - an example of a Shakespearian comedy

    Their marriage is perfect in the eyes of the Shakespeare audience. Oberon is king of the fairies. In contrast with Theseus, he rules his world in a much different way. He is quite a proud, sometimes jealous man who has a darkness in his character which can make him quite frightening.

  2. Far from the Madding Crowd Coursework - My dear Mary,

    I was wild and out of the ordinary. I didn't want to settle down, I had to experience life and had to explore what my beauty would lead me to. 'No; tis no use... I don't want to marry you...

  1. Compose and Contrast the two heroes in ‘The Sextons Hero’ by Elizabeth Gaskell and ...

    he become isolated from his other friends as well as the one he loves and his best friend. The scene at the end where Gilbert rescues the Sexton and Letty show religion has made him stand out as a hero as the religious side of him brings out this great act of heroism.

  2. How does the Merchant subvert the courtly love code?

    The Merchant reveals that young men think their liberty will bring happiness in love, whereas the reverse is true. The Merchant is literally subverting the code of courtly love by undermining it. The introduction of the heroine in aristocratic romance, the main object of desire and competition for the male protagonist, involves the convention of effictio.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work