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La Belle Dame Sans Merci In poetry, there are many things that an author can do in order to contribute to his or her poem both contextually and literally. Some poets choose to use poetic devices like metaphors and similes, but others would rather avoid such devices. In the poem, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” Keats uses the Femme Fatale, imagery, symbolism and language in order to draw attention to themes of love and mercilessness. It is true that the Femme Fatale, or the actual women without mercy, is a major contributor to the poem both literally and contextually. The Femme Fatale can be said to represent a variety of different meanings. In “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” the Femme Fatale is reflective of both mystery and love. It becomes evident that this mysterious woman the knight has a deathly effect on him. She seems to represent similarities between realities and stories such as fairy tales. Keats writes, “I see a lily on thy brow,/ With anguish moist and fever dew;/ And on thy cheeks a fading rose,” to present the symbolism of the knight’s gauntly appearance (9-11). When the speaker describes his appearance the first thing that can be related to something such as a fairy tale is the “lily on thy brow.” This is something as simple as an expression on the knight’s face, but it contributes to something much larger. This statement promotes the poem’s accordance with nature as well as the effects of the Femme Fatale on the knight. Then the speaker describes his face, relating it to what he calls a “fading rose.” This, like the “lily on thy brow,” is in unison with nature. The excerpt is effective at describing the pale and deathly look on the knight’s face. Although it is a rather simple description, the fact that the author relates it to nature draws attention, yet again, to the mystery of the woman and
her effect on the knight.

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