How Does Keats Tell the Story of 'the Eve of St.Anges'?

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How does Keats tell the story of ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ in stanzas 36-42? Stanzas 36-42 are focused on Porphyro and Madeline’s relationship deepening. Keats uses a reference to birds in the phrase “A dove forlorn and lost with sick unpruned wing.” Shows how Madeline is afraid of being abandoned by Porphyro now that they have consummated their relationship. The use of the “dove” represents the love that they share and the purity of their relationship which perhaps clashes with the fact that they consummated their relationship before marriage. By referring to birds it perhaps shows that they are trying to get ‘free’ and ‘fly’ away. This is shown in using words such as: “Let us away”, “Flutter’d” and “They glide…”. Also the phrase “…I will not rob thy nest…” links in with birds. It shows that Porphyro will not steal her virginity and leave her, also by using the word “nest” it also suggests that maybe he wants to build a new “nest” with her; a new home. Keats uses dialogue to tell the story, by using dialogue it allows the reader to connect more with the characters and give the story more realism. Also the voices used in the story can help establish character traits, and so are a part of characterisation, but they also enable Keats to give the readers information. The phrases “My Madeline! Sweet dreamer! Lovely bride!” bring the story into the present tense and the use of short sentences make the words more powerful. Also the phrase “She hurried at his words…” gives the reader a sense of time- by using a mixture of dialogue and the author saying that someone has spoken gives the poem more depth, showing that some points are more relevant than others. Keats did this as to point the reader at the points which create the story. The phrase “’Hark! ‘tis an elfin-storm from faery land…” has a bit of ambiguity about it. It could mean that there is a new danger coming,

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