Themes And Experiences Of Keats 's Poem, La Belle Dame Sans Merci And Bright Star

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Key themes and experiences in Keats’ poems are reflections of the Romantic concepts popular during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Themes such as the importance of feelings, experiences in nature and the realities of being in love. These key themes and experiences are explored throughout Keats’ poems ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’ and ‘Bright Star’ through the use of a variety of literary devices.

The theme of love is conveyed in both poems but they are portrayed in very contrasting manners. In La Belle Dame Sans Merci, the love is portrayed as courtly love and the suffering that accompanies love whereas the love in Bright Star is demonstrated as pure, innocent and eternal.

In ‘Bright Star’, Keats’ presents the intense and passionate experience of being in love predominantly through the personification of the star. The persona romanticizes about his own love, wishing it “were stedfast as thou art”. The persona feels a connection to the stability of the star in the night sky and wishes that his love would be as unwavering and constant. This reflects the Romantic concept of being in the present moment state of awareness and is further explored as the persona lies on his lover’s breast “to feel for ever its soft fall and swell”. The sensual image shows the deep connection of the two lovers, that they are even connected in their breathing. Alliteration and repetition as well as the use of Iambic stress, mimics the breathing of the two lovers to emphasize the deep…

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