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La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:54 am
by Faded Rose
Hi there,
I was wondering if anyone can help me with the meaning of withereth?

'I see a lily on thy brow,
With anguish moist and fever dew;
And on thy cheek a fading rose
Fast withereth too.'

Thanks heaps,
Faded Rose xo
I love thee true- La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Re: La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:13 am
by Saturn
Hi Faded Rose.

The lily on his brow is his pale complexion - "palely loitering" from the first verse.

He is sick, feverish.

The "fading rose" is the red in his cheeks slowly fading, withering away as he becomes more ill.

Hope that helps.

Re: La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:16 am
by Faded Rose
Yeah that helps so much. Thank You heaps!
It has taken me most of the morning to get through this poem,
so thank you so much for your help!
Faded Rose xo
I love thee true.- La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Re: La Belle Dame Sans Merci

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:52 am
by Faded Rose
Me again,
can anybody help me with this one please?

'I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bend, and sing
A faery's song.'

I can't seem to understand what this verse is trying to say.
thanks heaps,
Faded Rose