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La Belle Dame sans Merci Essay | Critical Essay #6

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Critical Essay #6

What emerges from this analysis is that "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" has grown out of the same body of conceptions, beliefs, and aspirations that motivate the "Ode on a Grecian Urn," and that it is shaped by the same mode of poetic perception. The major difference between the ode and the ballad is that the latter fails to attain the high consolation of the last stanza of the ode; but otherwise the ballad is the projection into myth of what was experienced in the ode as symbol. The increase in psychic distance gained by translating the drama within the consciousness of the poet into objective correlatives allows the poet to stretch out into the chronological span of a narrative a drama that he could express in the ode only as the evolving inward recognition of symbolic values. But the same sense of great harmonic control appears in...

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