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How does Keats combine the sensuous and the sexual in stanza’s 25 And 26?

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HOW DOES KEATS COMBINE THE SENSUOUS AND THE SEXUAL IN STANZA'S 25 AND 26? Keats uses imagery to appeal to the senses stanza's 25 and 26. He also uses description that is sexually oriented in some way. For example in stanza 25 he writes "And threw warm gules on Madeline's fair breast," here we can see how uses the description of the "warm" and "fair breast" to appeal to our visual and feeling senses. Instead of using cold breast he uses "warm" "breast". This is more sexually arousing than using the description of a cold breast. This piece of description is sexually oriented because of the use of heat in a cold wintry night. Another piece of description, which appeals to the senses, is the "Rose-bloom" light falling on her hands. ...read more.

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to dream. Which is what the woman wants to do. This line creates imagery in the reader's head because of the vibrant and rare colours used of the amethyst and the bright silver. On the second to last line of the poem it says, "Porphyro grew faint". He grows faint because he sees her praying. In those days watching a woman like this would be called courtly love. This is because he does not touch her but observes her and even a smile from a woman in those days would make a persons day. The second line of the second stanza has sensuous and sexual content. The part where it says "wreathed pearls her hair she frees" has a lot of meaning when looked into. ...read more.

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On the next line she "loosens her fragrant boddice". "Loosening" her clothes instead of swiftly removing them is more alluring. The "fragrant" part appeals to the senses because of the pleasant scent that is coming from the woman. This is another example of the way Keats includes sexual content in his poems as well as sensuous. Line 230 also appeals to the senses as well as having a sexual nature to it. Her "rich attire creeps rustling to her knees", when read aloud you can almost hear the attire "rustling to her knees". In this part of the poem she is again undressing and is taking her garments off and they fall to her knees. As you can see, Keats combines sensuousness and sexual in a clever way. Nearly every line has a part which appeals to the senses or is sexually oriented. ...read more.

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