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May. 4th, 2009 | 02:19 am


Keats only wrote poetry for two and a half years, and he is part of The Big Six? This gives me lots....and lots of hope for myself and my own writing. Or lack thereof.


So. Lamia is one of the most beautiful Romantic poems I have ever read. Every time I read a section of it, I find something more striking than the previous time.

However!


I found much more negative connotations in his representation of women than the rest of the class seemed to find. I am really tired, but I wanted to get this off my chest before the motivation to argue leaves me--so I'll just make a list. I love Donne, and Donne says, "Brevity is the soul of wit." 

~Lamia is a snake. Also commonly known as....a serpent? What a serpents? I've never read the Bible, and even I know Serpents mean: sin, evil, forbidden fruit, manipulation, deceit.
~She can't just be any snake, she has to be a beautiful snake.
~She is granted her wish to become a woman only after she, in a sense, gives the nymph to the Hermes, who desires to possess the nymph.
~When Lamia, as a woman, grows pale and unattractive in her fear of Apollonius, Lycius is appalled. Her sexual appeal vanishes, so she literally and completely vanishes from his grasp.


These are vague ideas I am playing with, because I think I want to write about this in my research paper.

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