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Bridget KegelmanAP EnglishPeriod B11-12-18The Supernatural and Nature in “La Belle Dame sans Merci”“La Belle Dame sans Merci” is a ballad by John Keats that incorporates imagery of nature and supernatural elements in order to enhance the story. These common aspects of a ballad help express the mood and themes that this ballad tells in its story. The nature helps set themood and the supernatural aspects. Are able to continue to create a mysterious atmosphere and further the story. First, John Keats describes the nature in this ballad to create an atmosphere and setting that enhances the appeal of the ballad. For example line 3 states, “The sedge has withered from the lake,”(3). In this line the author gives the reader a glimpse of the time of year. The sedge withering on the lake paints a picture of a plant that grows in fall, beginning to die. Then, the ballad states, “And no birds sing”(4). This line furthers the idea that the events of this ballad are

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