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Assessing La Belle Dame Sans Merci from Keats and also Mariana The two poems 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' and 'Mariana' have quite similar genres. They are both predicated on a Romantic theme. Both of them are about unrequited love. In 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' it is all about a knight who falls in love with a female and he believes she loves him as well until she puts a spell on him and he realises it's all a fool and she does not care for him whatsoever. It was first written in 1819. In 'Mariana' it is about a girl (Mariana) and also how she had been participated in Angelo who adores her when the boat taking her dowry was lost in sea. Now, still pining for Angelo, she resides in lonely seclusion in a state home, the poem speaks about her miserable life with no lover. ====================================================================== La Belle Dame Sans Merci is a ballad which suggests the language is simple, bare and direct. The poem begins with a kind of 'narrator' for the very first few paragraphs. He basically sets the scene. The narrator refers to the atmosphere as eerie, desolate and gloomy. There was no noise in any way, it was quite quiet-"without the birds sing." The next paragraph is as soon as the narrator first speaks into the knight. The season is allegedly autumn/winter moment. He asks that the knight what's wrong with him. The knight is describes to become "haggard" and look like he's been 'dragged through a hedge backwards.' His face is pale and he seems to be perspiration. The knight then begins to tell his story. The knight uses easy language and explains that he or she meet a beautiful girl dance graceful...