Knight or Wight in Keats's 'La Bella Dame'?: An Ancient Ditty Reconsidered

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This article re-examines the various processes of textual transmission for Keats's 'La Belle Dame sans Merci', which have resulted in two 'competing' texts of the poem. It argues that a medieval model of textual production offers a strategy for dealing with this circumstance, and that, approached in this way, there is no need to resolve the textual 'problem' that the poem poses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalKeats-Shelley Review
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005


  • Keats
  • La Belle Dame sans Merci
  • poem poetry
  • text
  • textual
  • version
  • medieval
  • medieaval
  • medievalist
  • mediaevalist
  • knight
  • wight


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