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Despite the fact that Keats's "Song of four faeries" received very little critical attention, the poem raises interesting issues regarding the creative and destructive forces in nature. The poem presents a conversation between the four elemental faeries about union and separation. Using Empedocles' four-element theory of creation and change in nature as framework, this article explores through close reading how the form and content of the poem mirror creative and destructive natural processes.doi:10.4102/lit.v28i1.153 fatcat:omqh4feemfasjez72kdrake74m