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La Belle Dame Sans Merci

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

  

by John Keats

Analysis: Tough-O-Meter

(3) Base Camp

This is not Keats's toughest poem by a long shot. On a narrative, or storytelling level, it's pretty straightforward. A knight falls in love with a beautiful fairy lady, gets ditched, and is moping about it. But the language is old-fashioned, in imitation of medieval romances, and some of the hard vocabulary words can trip up the unwary reader.

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