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Porphyria's Lover Essay

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How is the pain and suffering of love presented in Porphyria's Lover and La Belle Dame Sans Merci? La Belle Dame Sans Merci The poem describes the encounter between an unnamed knight and a mysterious fairy. It opens with a description of the knight in a barren landscape, "haggard" and "woe-begone". He tells the reader how he met a beautiful lady whose "eyes were wild"; he set her on his horse and she took him to her "elfin grot", where she "wept, and sigh'd full sore". Falling asleep, the knight had a vision of "pale kings and princes", who cried, "La Belle Dame sans Merci hath thee in thrall!" He awoke to find himself on the same "cold hill's side" after which he continues to wait, "palely loitering". The pain and suffering in 'Porphyria's lover' and 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is presented through the situations in the poems, the languages and structures in the poems and similar situations of the way they are both written. The two narrators have very similar views within the poems as they tell the story of men who have fallen prey to love and have been left trapped in deranged thoughts and acts because they cannot be with the women they love. 'La Belle Dame sans Merci' tells the tale of a knight who had fallen in love with a woman full of beauty who was a faery's child putting a spell upon him through love. Fairy's targeted high powered men and indulged them until they were trapped into their realm where they would be killed. ...read more.


The man in this poem has grown paranoid through his feelings for her and believes that Pophyria does not love him as he feels alone whenever she would rather be at these important events where he cannot attend, he feels jealousy towards her family as she tends to spend a lot of time with them when she could be keeping him company. The story of "Pophyria's Lover" gives the impression of a man who is lonely and has hunger for love of a woman who he has grown obsessed with. The readers get a surprise in the poem when the man kills Pophyria so that he can have her by his side at all times, no longer will she be able to leave him to attend the events her family organizes or risk leaving him for another man who may be from a important powerful family. The writer springs a surprise upon the readers by showing such lust and desire for Pophyria but then he takes her life so that she will be his forever and he will not need to worry about her leaving him or feeling that she is better than him in a way. When Pophyria had entered it appeared that she was indeed in love with him and she had come in as a woman full of beauty as he sat and admired her. She approached him as if she had missed him whilst she had been gone and we begin to realize that her lover is indeed obsessed with her. ...read more.


a problem with them being together, in La Belle Dame Sans Merci they can't be together because she left him and she's an elf and in Porphyria's lover they can't be together because she is of a high class to the man. The man in Porphyria's lover is dynamic, taking action to get what he wants and the man in La Belle Dame Sans Merci is passive, sitting, waiting for someone to return and moping around. The structure of La Belle Dame Sans Merci is circular starting and ending with the same lines but on the other hand in Porphyria's lover it's more of a narrative story leaving the readers on a cliff-hanger. The female in the two poems treat the males of the poems differently, in Porphyria's lover the female shows the man loving and care by resting his head on her shoulder though, what we are told as the readers is that she does leave him hanging, she being the manor house girl he being the gamekeeper and in La Belle Dame Sans Merci she really just uses him for sex and leaves the next day leaving him sad and depressed waiting for her return. There is also a difference in language used in the poems like in La Belle Dame Sans Merci Keats used a lot of archaic language for even his time period, Keats is writing is medieval language being that the story of fairies started around that time period and in Porphyria's lover the poet uses a lot of metaphors and similes in his writing. By Aaron Jenkins ...read more.

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