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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 6:55 am 
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we're transformign this poem into a play...just thought I'd share it w/ u!

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

O WHAT can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing.

O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms!
So haggard and so woe-begone?
The squirrel’s granary is full,
And the harvest’s done.

I see a lily on thy brow
With anguish moist and fever dew,
And on thy cheeks a fading rose
Fast withereth too.

I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful - a faery’s child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.

I made a garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragrant zone;
She look’d at me as she did love,
And made sweet moan.

I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bend, and sing
A faery’s song.

She found me roots of relish sweet,
And honey wild, and manna dew,
And sure in language strange she said -
«I love thee true.»

She took me to her elfin grot,
And there she wept, and sigh’d fill sore,
And there I shut her wild wild eyes
With kisses four.

And there she lulled me asleep,
And there I dream’d - Ah! woe betide!
The latest dream I ever dream’d
On the cold hill’s side.

I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried - «La Belle Dame sans Merci
Hath thee in thrall!»

I saw their starved lips in the gloam,
With horrid warning gaped wide,
And I awoke and found me here,
On the cold hill’s side.

And this is why I sojourn here,
Alone and palely loitering,
Though the sedge is wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:38 pm 
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i actually just read this poem a few weeks ago in my british lit class. this would make an interesting play... good luck with that!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:05 pm 
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thx :D it's gon be really creepy! :? hehe

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how are you gonna go about doing this, cause there's a lot of ways to interpret the "belle" figure. is she gonna be the literal vampire figure, or a more figurative kind of deal.


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Well she is suppose to be a fairy not a vampire.

This is one of the few poems by Keats that I really like. I quite enjoy this poem, but overall I am not much of a Keats fan.

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i kind of like his odes. particularly ode on melancholy


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