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John Keats beautiful poem The Eve of St Agnes causes some disagreement among his readers This work is often either interpreted as an enchanting love story with a fairy tale ending or the complete opposite a story of deceitful seduction with a grave ending However The Eve of St Agnes can be interpreted as a combination of these explanations Porphyro neither seduces nor loves Madeline He is however infatuated with her and unknowingly takes from her her security and purity resulting in a very unhappy ending Porphyro is unaware that the night he chooses to visit Madeline is The Eve of St Agnes In fact he asks Angela when the girls are weaving wool for St Agnes line114-117 Even Angela responds with it seems a sudden realization that it is St Agnes Eve 118 If he did deliberately come to Madeline on the Eve of St Agnes then the reader would understand that he did so to manipulate her However because this is not the case the reader cannot assume that conclusion It is true that Porphyro seeks Madeline out and comes to her home pining after her However the text provides clues that this behavior is not due to deceitful intentions but to Porphyros honest feelings for Madeline For example upon his entrance in the poem he implores all saints to give him sight of Madelinethat he might gaze and worship all unseen lines 77-80 It is immediately clear that he is obsessed with her The fact that he wants to worship her and later on views her as an angel line 222-225 reveals that he has an admiration and some sort of respect for her This suggests that he is not corruptly and deviously planning to seduce her because he could not do such a thing to someone that he both admired and respected Instead Porphyros obsession with Madeline hints that he is infatuated If it were true love that he felt then
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