There is no indication that the woman wilfully banished the knight from her 'elfin grot' and it has been argued that the union of the lovers is broken by the knights own inability to retain the vision.
When she 'wept' it is another indicator that the fantasy would end.
The 'wild eyes' could also refer to the untameable energy of imagination.
The woman is said to be 'full beautiful' as well as being strong and wild, this suggests ambiguity as seen in imagination.
By the very name of the ballad people can deem is to be about negative female stereotypes. Middle The cold wintry weather and the desolate landscape depicted- 'wither'd'- in the first two paragraphs reflect the desolation that poets must endure after their inspiration has left them. harvest's done'- this could be interpreted as the knight being starved for inspiration.
The knight looked hungry as indicated by the 'squirrel's granary is full . The pitiful state of the knight is caused by the sudden lack of poetic imagination and inspiration. 'wild eyes' and long hair are said to be two physical characteristics of Keats' muses, by D'Avanzo.The season described in the poem is that of winter.In literature, winter symbolises solitude, sorrow and grief. Introduction LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI Question: Is 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' a poem about negative female stereotypes or about poetic creation and poetic sensibility?'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' is written in ballad form.The phrase reflects that the knight is in ail or trouble and distress.The poet asks him why he is sad and wandering alone near the lake where no green grass is left and no bird is singing.Her 'elfin grot' could be a metaphor for a sanctuary of imagination and poetry.Poetic inspiration and imagination come to a peak at the grot.La Belle Dame Sans Merci is a French phrase meaning The Lady Without Mercy.The poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci written by John Keats is a conversation (in verse) between the poet and a knight who fell in love with a lady but she left him.“.