Lamia | Study Guide

John Keats

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Overview

Author

John Keats

Year Published

1820

Type

Poem

Genre

Romance

Perspective and Narrator

The poem is narrated in the third person which creates a sense of distance from the characters in keeping with the ancient setting and mythical elements.

Tense

The story is told in the past tense, emphasizing that these events occurred in the distant classical past.

About the Title

The original Lamia in Greek mythology was a woman to whom the god Zeus was attracted. Zeus's wife Hera killed Lamia's children out of jealousy. This drove Lamia mad, so she started stealing other women's children and eating them. In some descriptions Lamia is described as having serpentine qualities or the lower body of a serpent. Her name ultimately has come to signify a female monster who feeds on people, usually men. Keats's Lamia is likewise seductively beautiful and is at one point a serpent, but her story is very different. It follows a story told in Robert Burton's (1577–1640) Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), which itself takes the story from Greek philosopher Flavius Philostratus (c. 170–244).

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