explains Lord Randal lying to his mother about why he was in the forest, and states that he has been hunting. He also says that he is tired from hunting, which means he is also lying about that fact that he is not tired, but has been poisoned and is dying. The reason by which the reader can understand why Lord Randal lies to his mother about being poisoned, is the fact that he was in the forest with histrue love. As people did not marry for love but for wealth and heightening social status during this time period, Lord Randal’s mother would not approve of him being out with a women part of a lowersocial class, even though she is Lord Randal’s true love. Another reason why Lord Randal’s mother isto protect his true love, as he knows his mother will not approve of her. The repetition during of the last portion of each stanza represents Lord Randal trying to avoid discussing what has happened to him with his mother. For the first five stanzas, he repeats: “mother, mak my bed soon, for I’m
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