Day set on Norham's castled steep, And Tweed's fair river, broad and deep, And Cheviot's mountains lone; The battled towers, the donjon keep, The loophole grates where captives weep, The flanking walls that round it sweep, In yellow lustre shone. The warriors on the turrets high, Moving athwart the evening sky, Seemed forms of giant height: Their armour, as it caught the rays, Flashed back again the western blaze, In lines of dazzling light. Saint George's banner, broad and gay, Now faded, as the fading ray Less bright, and less, was flung; The evening gale had scarce the power To wave it on the donjon tower, So heavily it hung.
According to legend, virgins may see their future husbands in their dreams during the night of St Agnes' Eve 20th January 'The Eve of St Agnes' is a narrative poem in which the narrative impulse repeatedly leads towards description. The poem is primarily noteable for its elaborate pictorial and musical effects.
Its wealth of description meant that, like 'Isabella', the poem became a favorite with the Pre-Raphaelite artists of the 19th century. Keats' use of the Spenserian stanza formally encourages this tendancy towards descriptiveness. The stanza, containing eight lines of iambic pentameter and final alexandrine, a line of iambic hexameter, does not require the kind of compression associated with the ottava rima Keats used in 'Isabella'.
Nevertheless, as a self-contained unit, it encourages the creation of tableaux visual poem.
The story of the Eve of St Agnes goes as follows: Beadsman in church watches preparation for festivities. On Deaths Door Action switches to Madeline, who is oblivious to the festivities. Waiting for that night. Switches again to Porphyro- waiting to see Madeline.
Imagines the horrors that await him. Is he innocent or does he know he can take advantage of her. Meets Angela who warns him off. And tells him the legend Asks Angela to help him find Madeline.
Angela tells him whats supposed to happen to Madeline and laughs. Porphyro gets suspicious and has a go at her.
She complains and defends herself. He apologises and gives a woeful speech and Angela sympathises. She agrees to do what he wants. Porphyro plans to spy on her.
Angela goes to get Madeline's room ready. She collects Porphyro and hides him in the room. He also prepares the room Madeline turns up and undresses and goes to sleep. Madeline thinks he's a traitor but he wants her to be his bride and to run away with him.
They escape while everyone is still asleep. Semantic field of cold: Exterior vs Interior There is also another contrast of age vs youth: Church is described with horrible images: This hints that religion and faith cannot stop what is about to happen to Madeline. Beadsman decides not to join the feast.
Symbolism of rejection of life's joys? Music and sounds of celebration "music's golden tongue", "snarling trumpets". Illustrating human activity and animation.
Start to get hints of a dream vs reality concept in the poem. Silver and moonlight imagery runs throughout the poem, contrasting with vividly coloured images. Answer these questions to help you with the poem annotation: Identify specific words and phrases that create this atmosphere and tone.
IV - V How does the atmosphere here compare?[Content note: hostility toward social justice, discussion of various prejudices] “Words!
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