FC: La Belle Dame sans Merci John Keats
1: In my opinion, I think that this poem is about death. The narrarator of the story describes himself filled with sadness and calls himself a "knight-at-arms" which brings about images of battles, fighting and death. He sees a woman who may be the angel of death; who is fair and full of light. She takes him to a place where his "final resting place" is and the two embrace. She weeps over him, and he sees in a vision dead kings of past: "I saw pale kings and princes too,Pale warriors, death-pale were they all; They cried—‘La Belle Dame sans Merci (The lady without mercy) Hath thee in thrall!’ " During those ages, people who had money or were knights who died in battle, were not buried in the ground, but were taken under ground in a "cellar" or "basement" area in a buriel hall. This was for people to visit the hall of their family members, and to mark the place of the rich or great heroes. So this may explain "the cold hill side" described in the poem.