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Meg Merrilies

John Keats

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Social Class
Added by: Angie
I'm trying to analyze this poem. For anyone who might in the future here is what I think about the poem. It is based on a character by Sir Walter Scott, a very famous author who wrote Ivanhoe. Meg is a gipsy who isn't begin accepted by the people wher she lives. She is extremely poor and has no friends. She sometimes has no food and has the hills as her friends.
It was a poem written about a poor women who is shunned by society and isn't accepted for who she is. She eventually lived like this her entire life until she died.
If anyone needs imagery, alliterations, similes, metaphors, and other literary devices about the poem they will have to do it on their own like me. Sorry!
Added by: Marium {Pakistan}
Meg merrilies is a lyrical poem. It is melencholic in mood. Keats sensous poetry is based on the theme 'a thing of beauty is joy forever".The imagery is visual and kinesthetic.Smilie IS 'AS BRAVE AS MARGARET QUEEN . Also present Metephor ,allitration, assonance
Old Meg
Added by: Angie
Angie, I think that perhaps you are reading too much INTO the Social Class thing.

Meg was a Gypsy. She was of a nomadic race, at home with the birds and the hills for company. There is no indication that she was rejected by people, but rather, that she kept herself apart FROM them, except when she chose. No doubt the crofters were grateful to receive her handiwork and in turn offered her a little of their own hard-earned food. Meg, in her red cloak and old hat, with her proud gaunt form, must have been a real local identity. Keats last stanza indicates that this magnificent old woman must have been looked upon with a certain awe and admiration.
Added by: Stephanie
This is one of my absolute favorite Keats poems. It's beautifully put together, and flows wonderfully. I even named one of my cats after it.

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