La Belle Dame sans Merci

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A ballad by Keats, written 1819, published 1820, which describes a knight fatally enthralled by an elfin woman. The ballad was much admired by the Pre‐Raphaelites and W. Morris asserted that ‘it was the germ from which all the poetry of his group had sprung’. La Belle Dame sans mercy is also the title of a poem translated from Alain Chartier, attributed at one time to Chaucer.

Subjects: Literature.

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