In the late Spring of 1819, John Keats had finished composing and drafting his lyrical ballad, “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” which does not only demonstrate the narrative of a Medieval Romance, however, it too suggests symbolism of the poet’s adversities with his romantic relationship to Fanny Brawne and the poverty of his physical healthy. The ballad begins with an outsider of the romance, questions why the main character and narrator appears so sallow, ill, and “haggard.” The knight replies, with his tale describing his amorous affair with a wild fairy or nymph-like maiden. Remember, fairies or fae creatures of Medieval legend were usually distinguished as temptresses or deceiving rogues. The knight describes her with, “long tresses, light feet, and wild eyes.” They begin, spending days together, where the fairy sings to the knight and he fashions her flower wreaths. Eventually, he follows her into her grotto, where they kiss and he falls weary with sleep. The knight then has a dream vision of pale princes and men, who too, were once loved by the fairy maiden, and exclaim to the knight, “La belle dame sans merci hath thee in thrall!” the knight then awakens, alone by a chill hillside.
Now, write a poem or prose piece, describing a short time of joy, of which the narrator or main character engages in a time of jubilance, and which suddenly soured by loneliness and grief. You can include a romance, however, the main idea is to represent a capture of happiness then shifted to suffering through the movement of seasons. Or something of the sort.