Tag Archives: John Keat

Where no birds sing: tuberculosis in Keats’ “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”

Putzer J. Hung St. Louis, Missouri, USA   O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has wither’d from the lake, And no birds sing. O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms! So haggard and so woe-begone? The squirrel’s granary is full, And the harvest’s done. I see a lily on thy […]