La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Rebirth of Reason

La Belle Dame Sans MerciLa Belle Dame Sans Merci
Sir Francis Dicksee

I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful - a faery's child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.
Well, I may as well add something to this artistic fray.  For years, this was my favorite work.  I can still remember the day I first saw it.  I had wandered into a used bookstore with a friend of mine, we had gone our different ways, and I soon had to call her back to look at this painting hanging on the wall.  My words were, "Do you see the look on his face?"  I was familiar with Keats' poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci, but I had never seen this painting.  What I saw on the Knights face was what I had always imagined love to look like when expressed upon a human face.  In the poem Keats uses the line "...hath thee in thrall."  I don't believe I've ever seen a better visual rendition of "thrall" than this piece.

(Added by Jody Allen Gomez on 12/19, 9:01pm)

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