What Is The Tone Of La Belle Dame Sans Merci

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In John Keats “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” the speaker expresses his love for a fairy woman where he explains, “I met a lady in the meads, Full beautiful—a faery’s child,” (Keats,13,14).Giving the idea But he was “lullèd” (33) to sleep by the woman who he thought once loved him and as she said, “I love thee true” (28). Why then, if she “love thee” does he feel the darkness of “horrid warning gapèd”? Was it all just a dream? Or reality? Firstly, the speaker as the reader may assume is a man because he is talking about a lady he met which he called her a “faery’s child,” (14). As he said in the poem he was, “Alone and palely loitering” (2,46). That certain stanza illustrated a man alone with no sense of direction and no sense of love, but instead, lonesome. But they never went into much detail on what he was doing or where he came from. Moving on, just from a few lines into the poem the speaker’s tone was coming off as melancholy. As the readers read it was clear to see that there was a melancholy tone as the result of the speaker seemed genuinely sad and gloomy with phrases as, “O what can ail thee”(1). This quote almost sounds like a cry for help or just a cry out of last hope. He then goes on to say ,“I met a lady in the meads,”( 13 ). As stated previously, this is when the poem turns from melancholy and alone to happy and almost hopeful. Continuing on, the speaker in this poem became infatuated with this fairy like lady. As he said, “I made a garland for her

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