The speaker asks the knight what ails him at the start of the poem. In other words, he wants to know what's going on. The knight sees "pale [dead] soldiers" in his dream who inform him that the belle dame, or lovely woman, has him in her "thrall." In other terms, he is under her control. The belle dame tells him to go rescue her sister, who has been taken prisoner by some people called the Black Knight and his men.
Now it happens that there is no such person as the Black Knight, but instead there is only one black knight who has fallen in love with the belle dame's sister. The sister was captured while out riding for fun one day when the Black Knight rode up and demanded her hand in marriage. When she refused, he took her prisoner. Now the Black Knight needs to go rescue her from the thrall of the evil lady.
But which king does the Black Knight serve? And how can you be sure that what the pale soldiers tell the knight is true?
These are questions that the speaker asks us, too. He says that the Black Knight serves King Arthur, but we cannot say for sure if this is true. We do not know any kings other than Arthur so we cannot compare him to anyone else. As for proof, we are told that there is none because dreams are random thoughts that come into our heads without reason.
The poem describes the narrative of a knight who becomes enamored with, and then abandoned by, a ghost known as La Belle Dame sans Merci, or "The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy." The knight, although being aware that she is an illusion, clings to his memories of the Lady, and it is hinted that he will do so until he dies.
In the poem, it is said that when the knight wakes from his dream, he is “filled with joy” because he believes that he has finally found happiness with the Lady. However, when he discovers that she was only a dream, he is devastated and commits suicide.
Here are some taglines that have been used in movies:
1. “A life without dreams is a sad life.” -Nirvana
2. “Sometimes you want to eat apple pie and have a big glass of milk. Other times you want to throw yourself into hell.” -Jack Kerouac
3. “I dreamed of something beautiful, but it turned out to be deadly.�” -T.S. Eliot
4. “If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten. Change your mind set!” -Mahatma Gandhi
5. “Death doesn't exist. Not for people like us.
She returns to her knight narrative. As his day of judgment approaches, the knight returns home with reluctance. He observes a huge gathering of women dancing as he rides near a woodland and decides to approach them to pose his query. But as he approaches, the gang evaporates, leaving only an unattractive old woman. The knight asks her about the other women but she will say nothing more than their names. Then he asks her about the woods but she too will say nothing more than that they are full of trees.
His quest baffled, the knight goes back home alone. That night, there is a huge battle between good and evil for the soul of the world. At the end of it all, the devil is defeated and banished to hell where he promises to return on earth once every 1000 years to judge mankind.
The next morning, the knight wakes up to find that another such party is taking place throughout the land. This time, however, there are men involved. They too ask questions about the woodlands but get no answers beyond some vague references to fairy-tale characters. Frustrated, one of the men burns down the forest but when he tries to enter it, he is stopped by a beautiful girl who tells him that if he wants to know what's inside, he should look within himself.
He does so and finds three golden balls which, when combined, form a compass. From this he learns that the woods are full of treasure waiting to be found.
What does the knight see throughout the day? In love with the lady's physical beauty, he mounts her on his horse. He sees nothing but the lady who bends sideways and sings a faery song all day. Since his amorous experience with the lady, he has definitely forgotten everything else. He only remembers her beautiful face and the song she sang.
Now, what does this have to do with astrology? A lot! The knight is the sign of horses (*) and they are connected to the planet Mars which is related to war and masculinity. This means that the knight's view of life is dominated by warfare and love makes them forget everything else including the time. Also, the lady is the moon which represents feminine beauty and love songs. So, as you can see, love looks at least partly like a fairy tale.
Fairy tales are stories that tell us important things about ourselves and society. They show us that we need to believe in ourselves even when confronted with challenges from others. Most fairy tales also contain warnings about being careful with how much love you show because it might be used against you. Finally, fairy tales remind us that happiness is within our reach if we just keep looking ahead.
The Knight escorted the lady to her elfin grot, where she grieved her heart out and the Knight soothed her by imprinting kisses on her eyes. The lady let out a beautiful groan and began singing a fairy tune, lulling the knight to sleep. When he awoke, he found his lady asleep next to him.
This story is probably based on fact. Fairies and elves actually do exist and it's been well documented that they use pixie dust to fly about. It's also been proven that women can get pregnant if they drink from this kind of fountain. In other words, the elf maiden really was in love with the knight!
For these reasons and more, the legend of the elf woman and the sleeping man continues to spread. Some say that if you go to her elfin grotto today, you will still be able to see the marks where the knight kissed her. Others claim that if you listen carefully, you can still hear her singing downstairs in her castle dungeon.
When the knight awakens, he is on the frigid hillside, feeling the deathlike cold of his dream and looking like the mournful figure the speaker initially saw.
Because the knight is not alone in his experience, the dream also depicts the impact of unreachable love on men. Love that comes with a price can cause a man to do things he might regret later in life.
The knight goes on to say that his lover has made him feel like a "knight without armor". He knows that there are dangers out there and it is possible that he may not come back from battle alive. However, as long as he does his duty, then he will be able to show his love for her even if he cannot physically be with her.
This is why the knight's dream shows him fighting a war against someone who looks like Lady Enid but is actually the Devil. Even though he was winning the fight, he realizes that she is indeed gone forever. Her absence will never be filled and this makes him sad.
At first, he thinks that it is just a dream but soon after that, he is awakened by the pangs of grief. It takes real courage to face your problems head-on instead of hiding away from them.
Think about how many people live their lives without ever facing up to their fears? They keep putting off what they know they should do but never take action.