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Where Be Ye Going, You Devon Maid? by John Keats


"Where Be Ye Going, You Devon Maid?" is written by John Keats. In this poem, Keats uses rhyme effectively to display the speaker's love for a maid. He loves everything about her and her farm. He wishes to be with her.

"Where Be Ye Going, You Devon Maid?" is written as four stanzas with four lines in each. Each stanza has the rhyme scheme ABCB. This poem is written using many metaphors. In the first stanza, he calls the maid a "tight little fairy". In the second, he mentions a "door", which is obviously her clothes. "Flowers" could also mean her lady parts. The third stanza speaks of "hills", "dales", and "flocks". Again, it is a mention of her lady parts and the act of intercourse. In the fourth stanza, Keats states he'll "put your basket all safe in a nook" and her shawl he'll "hang up on this willow". He also calls the grass a "pillow".


Where Be Ye Going, You Devon Maid?

Where be ye going, you Devon maid?
And what have ye there i' the basket?
Ye tight little fairy, just fresh from the dairy,
Will ye give me some cream if I ask it?

I love your meads, and I love your flowers,
And I love your junkets mainly,
But 'hind the door, I love kissing more,
O look not so disdainly!

I love your hills, and I love your dales,
And I love your flocks a-bleating;
But O, on the heather to lie together,
With both our hearts a-beating!

I'll put your basket all safe in a nook,
Your shawl I'll hang up on this willow,
And we will sigh in the daisy's eye,
And kiss on a grass-green pillow.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Love, Longing

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