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There is a definite likeness between these poems as they are all thematically linked An example of this is that in each there is some sort of conflict between man and natures representations ie the knight and the faery the boy and the rat and also the man and the deer Beyond the words of the poem an on-going interaction between man and nature can be found In La Belle Dame Sans Merci this interaction results in man or the knight in this case losing out in a spiritual conflict to nature or the faerys child And I awoke and found me here On the cold hills side The quote itself actually is a good example of how Keats brings about a cold feel to the poem at this point which is ironic as we associate cold temperatures with loss However this conflict takes a new twist in the Heaney poem An Advancement of Learning This time the conflict goes one step further and is ironically portrayed in a militaristic style with I established a dreaded bridgehead and This terror the ratretreated and was actually won by man or the boy in this case He trained on me I stared him out This is also a good example of Heaney showing that man in this poem is dominant over nature This idea of man winning the conflict brought over from An Advancement of Learning is not the main feature in Roe-deer as here a conflict ceases to exist In this poem it is the outcome of this on-going conflict that is affecting nature at this point in time This conflict which for man took a new turn after the industrial revolution has resulted in man and nature living separate from one another even though they are symbiotic In this poem nature is trying to get back to man as The deer had come for me But is faced
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