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Compare Keats's poems 'To Autumn' and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci'

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Compare Keats's poems 'To Autumn' and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci'. The two poems have a clear similarity and that is the use of images of women to portray a creature of nature, although they are still hold very different personas. In 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' the woman is seen as having a darker, wilder side that we are not as familiar with. The mysterious being is shown as seductive and alluring, while still keeping images of childlike influences for example the reference of faerys. Keats was only 26 years old when he died, and wrote 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' just three years before this. He died of tuberculosis along with his mother and brother. His brother passed away in 1919, a year after both poems were written, indicating that the poems may have some significance to Keats's feelings and emotions in both poems. ...read more.

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There are lethargic senses of nature in both poems, and both are in relation to the women. In 'To Autumn', 'Or on a half-reaped furrow sounds asleep, Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook' This portrays a view of the harvest being tiresome and took so long to complete that the world around has been sucked senseless with no ability to do anything. In 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' the woman 'lulls' the night to sleep as if under a spell, which points out the first image of her being secretive and having a darker side which is not shown. An other image of the woman being wild is that of making 'sweet moan' which can be interpreted in more ways that one, but I believe that it is her chant to place the night under her spell. ...read more.

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stanza, which is told by the night, whereas the rest of the poem is the telling of the story, and what took place. 'To Autumn' also, in a way, has two time periods. The main structure of the poem is talking about autumn, but at the beginning of stanza three spring is mentioned and is talked about in the past tense, indicating that it has been a while since any nature of spring as occurred. 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is a Ballard, these type of poems are that of telling a story which Keats has evidently shown. 'To Autumn' on the other hand is an ode, which is a poem in praise of something, in this case the season autumn. Odes are descriptive poems with many flowing adjectives. Keats was a romantic poet along with Wordsworth. Keats came from a lower middle class family background and was very much uneducated. ...read more.

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