La Belle Dame Sans Merci
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
by John Keats

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Websites

The Victorian Web

This is a handy website for anyone studying the 19th century (not just the Victorian Period, which is only from 1837-1901). This is the link to the John Keats portion of the site, which has a biography and timeline of his short life, as well as other great resources.

The British Library's Online Gallery

The British Library in London is one of the largest, most important collections in the world. Even if you can't visit in person, their website provides some useful information about the writers whose manuscripts are kept there. This is a link to a British Library page about John Keats.

Video

Movie Trailer for "La Belle Dame Sans Merci"

In this video, actors act out the poem.

Ray Archer Trio's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci"

A music video of "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by the Ray Archer Trio.

Penda's Fen "La Belle Dame Sans Merci"

This is a video of a rendition of Keats's poem set to music by the group Penda's Fen.

Audio

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci" Out Loud
This is a reading of "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" accompanied by some of the paintings inspired by the poem.

Images

J.W. Waterhouse Painting

One of the paintings by John William Waterhouse inspired by Keats's poem.

Sir Frank Dicksee's Painting

This is a link to the painting of "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by Sir Frank Dicksee.

A Pen and Ink Sketch

This image is from a magazine called Punch in 1920 – the picture is titled, "La Belle Dame Sans Merci."

Pen and Ink Portrait of John Keats

This simple sketch of the poet is housed at the British Library in London.

Miniature of John Keats

This miniature portrait of John Keats is by Joseph Severn, and is housed at the Keats-Shelley Museum.

Photo of John Keats's Gravestone

This is a modern photograph of Keats's grave in the Protestant cemetery in Rome, Italy.

Historical Documents

Excerpts from John Keats's Letters
John Keats wrote some sweet love letters to his fiancée, Fanny Brawne, as well as some regular, newsy letters to his friends and family. Click here to see excerpts from some of his letters.

Books

Charles Armitage Brown's The Life of John Keats

Charles Brown was one of John Keats's closest friends, and he wrote an early biography of Keats. (It was completed twenty years after Keats's death.) This website describes the biography and has some excerpts, or you can check a copy out of your local library for the whole thing.

Sidney Colvin's Biography of John Keats

This is a link to the complete text of Sidney Colvin's 1917 biography of John Keats.

Collection of John Keats's Letters

This is an edited collection of John Keats's letters, so if the excerpts aren't enough for you, you can check this book out of your library.

Movies and TV

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci"
A 2005 movie based on the poem by John Keats.
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