La Belle Dame sans Merci Glossary

La Belle Dame sans Merci Glossary

La Belle Dame

French for "The Beautiful Girl"

Ail

To affect, or to trouble someone. Archaic verb.

Thee

You. Archaic and/or poetic usage.

Loitering

Waiting or wandering about vaguely without any definite purpose.

Sedge

A flowery plant with triangular stems that looks like grass, belongingto the genus Carex.

Withered

Dried.

Haggard

Exhausted, utterly fatigued.

Woe-begone

Dejected, Miserable, Gloomy.

Granary

A storehouse where grains (mostly thrashed) are stored.

Anguish

Agony, torment, severe psychic or physical pain causing misery.

Moist

A little wet.

Mead

Archaic, poetic form of "Meadow". A grassland, commonly used to procure hay.

Steed

Archaic word for 'horse'.

Manna-dew

Manna was the celestial food the Israelites were provided with by God, during their wanderings in the deserts. By associating the heavenly food with dew, the poet builds up the celestial, mystical quality of the lady.

Elfin

Connected to elves.

Grot

Poetic form of 'Grotto'. A small cave.

Lull

Verb. Sending one to sleep.

Betide

Verb. To happen.

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