To Autumn And La Belle Dame Sans Merci Analysis

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As one of the most famous poets in the history of English Literature, John Keats is thought to be the epitome of the Romantic poet. He was a second generation Romantic poet along with others such as Lord Byron and Percy Shelley. Most of their works were written in the 1800s and followed the original romantic breakthrough of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Keats’ odes are best distinguished by the combination of opposites such as elation and anguish or bliss and desolation. ‘To Autumn’ and ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ were both written by John Keats in 1819. In the poems ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ and ‘To Autumn’ Keats utilises a ballad and an ode respectively, two structures that have been used to a great extent all through history. However these poems are slightly altered as, while retaining a habitual construction of both, Keats has added his own personal character and style.…show more content…
‘To Autumn’ is written in stanzas and is addressing somebody (the season of autumn which has been personified as a youthful maiden). It also has the customary pentameters of an ode and is very complex. Besides the palpable distinction of a French title, all the essential components of a ballad are found in ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’. It has visibly shorter lines compared to ‘To Autumn’ and is a quatrain with the second and fourth line of each stanza rhyming. ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’ is a good example of Keats putting in his individual approach to the traditional composition. The final line of each verse is considerably shorter than the former three which causes it to become melancholic and

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