Eve of St Agnes

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A narrative poem in Spenserian stanzas by Keats, written 1819, published 1820.

Madeline has been told the legend that on St Agnes's Eve maidens may have visions of their lovers. Madeline's love, Porphyro, comes from a family hostile to her own, and she is herself surrounded by ‘hyena foemen, and hot‐blooded lords’. Yet he steals into the house on St Agnes's Eve. When she wakes from dreams of him, aroused by his soft singing, she finds him by her bedside. Silently they escape from the house, and fly ‘away into the storm’.

Subjects: Literature.

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John Keats (1795—1821) poet

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