La Belle Dame Sanns Merci

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Comparative poetry essay based on the three poems 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by John Keats, 'Sonnet 116' by William Shakespeare and 'My Last Duchess' by Robert Browning
“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words”. Poetry is a language of art where one is free to express his feelings without hesitation. Love is a strong and significant emotion that we feel in our lives at some point that helps us understand our emotions and interpret the world around us. When expressed in poetry, love can have a lot of meaning and convey a very useful message to the reader. However, love, being such a powerful emotion, can also be potentially damaging and dangerous. Contrasting types of love have been revealed in various ways by the three poets in
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They aimed to obtain a simplistic lifestyle while rejecting industrialism which inspired the setting of the poem which is located near the sedge."The sedge wither'd from the lake."The word ‘sedge’ creates an imagery of greenery in the reader’s mind which suggests that the environment is peaceful and quiet with a nature filled aroma. In addition,” The squirrel’s granary is full, and the harvest’s done” suggests that the stanza closes with references to the natural world ‘the squirrel's granary’ and the ‘harvest’ serves as a reminder that winter is just one part of the seasonal cycle, perhaps the final days where life’s meaning begins to slip away, this is associated with the feelings of the knight in ‘La Belle’. There is perhaps a hint here that the knight's suffering is of his own making. There is great emphasis on Keats’ use of the cold hillside in ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ perhaps suggesting how every joyous moment eventually ends. This is also seen in another poem called ‘The Eve of Saint Agnes’ where “For aye unsought for slept among his ashes cold.”Symbolism of coldness is significant and recurring in his poems which is similar to ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ stating “The latest dream I ever dreamt.”The poem ’Sonnet 116’ was written during the Elizabethan era in 1609 by William Shakespeare who had a very modern view of marriage and relationships inclusive of couples and lovers who were seen by him as more or less equal and believed that people generally married for love. Shakespeare mentions in ‘Sonnet 116’ that" Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom" which suggests that love is a powerful emotion and when two lovers are really in love, they will do whatever it takes to keep their relationship strong and love will not change over time but will last until death. In
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