The Eve of St. Agnes by John Keats Essay

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Someone once said that true love is only an illusion and can never be achieved. This is evidently shown through many elements of the poem by John Keats, “The Eve of St. Agnes.” Much of this poem is about the imagination and how it can blind people and make them oblivious to the true events that are occurring. We the readers can see this very easily through the portrayal of one of the main characters Madeline. The second main character Porphyro tries to authenticate her quest for a dream experience however ends up taking advantage of her while she thinks she is still dreaming. The poem does endorse how the power of Madeline’s visionary imagination can influence her and the others around her, but also that happenings outside of …show more content…
He awakes her very softly, “He play’d an ancient ditty, long since mute, /In Provence call’d ‘La belle dame sans mercy.’”(291-292) I find this to be quite odd because this poem is about hoodwinking. Why would he do this to wake her sleeping? If you are hoodwinking someone you are trying to dupe, trick or fool them and the only way that Porphyro can do this is to keep her in a dream like state. This very softly and sweetly awakens her and now “Her eyes were open, but she still beheld, now wide awake, the vision of her sleep”(298-299) This tells me that she is now awake but in her subconscious she is still dreaming. She has no clue as to what she is doing at this point in time. She truly believes that she is still asleep and she is just dreaming. After he has done the deed and she is still sleeping he awakes her and she tries to him about here dream. Upon hearing this Porphyro says, “This is no dream, my bride, my Madeline” (326) in an attempt to wake her up so she know what she is doing. I think that he tries to do this so that he doesn’t look like the bad guy, in that, the only way that he can get a beautiful bride is by hoodwinking her. Upon hearing this Madeline is very distraught by this and she proceeds to say “No Dream, alas! Alas! and woe is mine! / Porphyro will leave me

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