Study Guide

La Belle Dame Sans Merci Shout Outs

By John Keats

Shout Outs

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

  • "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" (Title and line 39): The title of the poem is taken from a medieval French courtly romance by Alain Chartier.
  • "Pale warriors, death pale were they all…" (line 38): this could be a reference to the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse described in the Book of Revelation in the Christian Bible – the fourth horseman is Death, and he's described repeatedly as riding a "pale horse."