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Lamia

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In "Lamia" by John Keats, the reader is transported into a world of enchantment and tragedy. The narrative follows the love story between the mortal Lycius and the beautiful, but ultimately deceitful, Lamia. Keats masterfully weaves together themes of illusion, desire, and the destructive power of unbridled passion.

The language in "Lamia" is rich and evocative, painting vivid pictures of the opulent world in which the characters reside. Keats' skill as a poet shines through in his use of vivid imagery and lyrical language, drawing the reader into the story and immersing them in the emotional landscapes of his characters.

The character of Lamia herself is a compelling and complex figure, walking the fine line between seductress and victim. The reader is left questioning her motives and sympathizing with her plight, even as her actions lead to tragedy and sorrow.

Overall, "Lamia" is a captivating and thought-provoking read that showcases Keats' talent as a poet and storyteller. With its lush descriptions and poignant themes, it is a classic work of literature that continues to resonate with readers today.

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In his wonderful interpretation of the classic tale of Lamia - the mythological entity portrayed as being a deadly threat especially to children and young men - master poet John Keats construes this timeless and enigmatic story with a view towards intrigue, deception, loyalty, honor and fervor of a young man's lust for a life of passionate bliss with the newly found woman of his dreams. In retrospect, considering certain aspects of her past and recent serpent-like incarnation, the beautiful and seductive Lamia was a poor choice for the young man Lycius. But infatuation and the recklessness of youth superseded any rational thought and the wild attraction of the two lovers grew stronger.

It would take his elderly mentor Apollonius , to alert Lycius to the hazards of this new relationship. However, whether Lycius will heed the warning of his "trusty guide and good instructor" seems uncertain. In fact, Lycius has marriage in his plans, although he is concerned about a certain inexplicable stress exhibited by Lamia in the presence of Apollonius.

In an attempt to cool this mad romantic obsession of Lycius and rescue his student from a dubious future, all Apollonius can do now is try to expose Lamia for the evil entity she really is. An old philosopher's cold logic and reason versus the hot passion of youth in a new found love. It must be tried. What could possibly go wrong.
- Summary by Bruce Kachuk


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