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Allusion in La Belle Dame sans Merci

Allusion Examples in La Belle Dame sans Merci:

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"manna dew..."   (Text of the Poem)

Keats alludes to manna from Exodus 16 in the Bible. Manna is an edible substance that sustains the Israelites in the wilderness for forty years. In this context, the fairy woman’s gifts of “roots of relish sweet,” “honey wild,” and “manna-dew” represent her close ties to the natural world—as well as her apparent affection for the knight.

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