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Slap, J.W. (1967). American Imago. XXIII, 1966: Keats: La Belle Dame Sans Merci. A. Hyatt Williams. Pp. 63-81.. Psychoanal Q., 36:138.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXIII, 1966: Keats: La Belle Dame Sans Merci. A. Hyatt Williams. Pp. 63-81.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:138

American Imago. XXIII, 1966: Keats: La Belle Dame Sans Merci. A. Hyatt Williams. Pp. 63-81.

Joseph William Slap

La Belle Dame Sans Merci is a personification of pulmonary tuberculosis which had taken the lives of the poet's mother and brother Tom and which in 1819 was threatening the life of Keats himself. On a deeper level it had the significance of the death dealing, bad-breast mother. While the verse by verse analysis of the poem is in places tendentious, this article in the main is convincing.

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Slap, J.W. (1967). American Imago. XXIII, 1966. Psychoanal. Q., 36:138

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