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John Keats is a great British poet He has written many popular poems La Belle Dame sans Merci is a ballad that was written in 1819 In this ballad the knight is deceived by the woman he meets He falls in love with this woman instantly and is convinced that she too is in love with him The woman makes the knight fall for her by making herself beautiful The woman deceives the knight into trusting her and then when she takes him to her cave she breaks his heart by leaving him after the knight wakes up from a nightmare The first stanza of this ballad describes the knight as being lonely in the wilderness A Alone and palely loitering The knight is alone and wandering around on his horse A And no birds sing In this sentence he describes his sadness because the singing of birds is associated with happiness and the birds are not singing So haggard and so woe-begone The squirrels granary is full And the harvests done In this quote the knight is troubled because everything is going as it is supposed to the granary is full and the harvest is done This is why the knight is also sad and roaming around on his horse In the next stanza the knight is described as exhausted in appearance and afflicted And on thy cheeks a fading rose fast withereth too The colour of his skin is fading away and he is dying I met a lady in the meads Full beautiful - a faerys child Her hair was long her foot was light And her eyes were wild In this stanza the knight meets a woman in the meadows He falls in love with her immediately He describes her as being a small being with magic powers faery He makes a wreath of flowers to decorate her head and
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