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The Eve of St Agnes is a narrative poem enabling the reader to have a clear memory of the structure of the poem He writes the poem in Spenserian stanza the stanza consists of eight lines of iambic pentameter followed by a single alexandrine a twelve-syllable iambic line- it uses a complex rhyming scheme This makes the poem more exiting and satisfying to read flowing easily It also makes it easier to gage what Keats is stressing in the poem- the words he places emphasis on seem to be quite downbeat- not those that you would expect from a romantic poem for example in one of the most romantic sections as Porphyro follows Madeline to her room in secret words used connote death tomb deception deceive and depression grieve The story follows two lovers- Madeline and Porphyro both of opposing upbringings and prohibited from seeing one another Madeline awaits a dream in which her true love will appear Porphyro secretly enters her room while she is sleeping to surprise her when she wakes But the twist in the poem comes when Madeline awakes she is faced with disappointment in reality How pallid chill and drear and one questions the sincerity of Madelines love Has she been manipulated into believing her dreams- deceived by Porphyro hiding in her room or has her dreams deceived her Porphyro seems to feel an urgency to become something- the climax of the dream or perhaps the dream itself Into her dream he melted This suggests Porphyro knows Madeline will want more out of him and so he has to prove himself by becoming the fantasy Keats raises the themes of dreams and fantasy in contrast with the reality- raising the question if dreams really do come true and if they do have they left ones dream situation and become reality Is Madeline Hoodwinked with faery fancy - all amort The poem is one of many comparisons- enhanced by
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