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The Lady of Shalott Analysis



Author: Poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson Type: Poetry Views: 992







On either side the river lie

Long fields of barley and of rye,

That clothe the wold and meet the sky;

And through the field the road run by

To many-tower'd Camelot;

And up and down the people go,

Gazing where the lilies blow

Round an island there below,

The island of Shalott.



Willows whiten, aspens quiver,

Little breezes dusk and shiver

Through the wave that runs for ever

By the island in the river

Flowing down to Camelot.

Four grey walls, and four grey towers,

Overlook a space of flowers,

And the silent isle imbowers

The Lady of Shalott.



Only reapers, reaping early,

In among the beared barley

Hear a song that echoes cheerly

From the river winding clearly;

Down to tower'd Camelot;

And by the moon the reaper weary,

Piling sheaves in uplands airy,

Listening, whispers, " 'Tis the fairy

The Lady of Shalott."



There she weaves by night and day

A magic web with colours gay.

She has heard a whisper say,

A curse is on her if she stay

To look down to Camelot.

She knows not what the curse may be,

And so she weaveth steadily,

And little other care heat she,

The Lady of Shalott.



And moving through a mirror clear

That hangs before her all the year,

Shadows of the world appear.

There she sees the highway near

Winding down to Camelot;

And sometimes through the mirror blue

The knights come riding two and two.

She hath no loyal Knight and true,

The Lady of Shalott.



But in her web she still delights

To weave the mirror's magic sights,

For often through the silent nights

A funeral, with plumes and lights

And music, went to Camelot;

Or when the Moon was overhead,

Came two young lovers lately wed.

"I am half sick of shadows," said

The Lady of Shalott.



A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,

He rode between the barley sheaves,

The sun came dazzling thro' the leaves,

And flamed upon the brazen greaves

Of bold Sir Lancelot.

A red-cross knight for ever kneel'd

To a lady in his shield,

That sparkled on the yellow field,

Beside remote Shalott.



His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd;

On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode;

From underneath his helmet flow'd

His coal-black curls as on he rode,

As he rode down to Camelot.

From the bank and from the river

He flashed into the crystal mirror,

"Tirra lirra," by the river

Sang Sir Lancelot.



She left the web, she left the loom,

She made three paces through the room,

She saw the helmet and the plume,

She look'd down to Camelot.

Out flew the web and floated wide;

The mirror crack'd from side to side;

"The curse is come upon me," cried

The Lady of Shalott.



In the stormy east-wind straining,

The pale yellow woods were waning,

The broad stream in his banks complaining.

Heavily the low sky raining

Over tower'd Camelot;

Down she came and found a boat

Beneath a willow left afloat,

And around about the prow she wrote

The Lady of Shalott.



And down the river's dim expanse

Like some bold seer in a trance,

Seeing all his own mischance -

With a glassy countenance

Did she look to Camelot.

And at the closing of the day

She loosed the chain, and down she lay;

The broad stream bore her far away,

The Lady of Shalott.



Heard a carol, mournful, holy,

Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,

Till her blood was frozen slowly,

And her eyes were darkened wholly,

Turn'd to tower'd Camelot.

For ere she reach'd upon the tide

The first house by the water-side,

Singing in her song she died,

The Lady of Shalott.



Under tower and balcony,

By garden-wall and gallery,

A gleaming shape she floated by,

Dead-pale between the houses high,

Silent into Camelot.

Out upon the wharfs they came,

Knight and Burgher, Lord and Dame,

And around the prow they read her name,

The Lady of Shalott.



Who is this? And what is here?

And in the lighted palace near

Died the sound of royal cheer;

And they crossed themselves for fear,

All the Knights at Camelot;

But Lancelot mused a little space

He said, "She has a lovely face;

God in his mercy lend her grace,

The Lady of Shalott."

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the lady of shalott was known for her beautiful singing... people knew her as the woman residing in the grey tower and as the lady of shalott. she had a curse upon her... that if she should look out her window towards the city of camelot, the curse, whose consequence was unknown to her, would start working. she used to pass her time by weaving a web and looking at the reflections of the world outside through a mirror. one day, a red-cross knight sir lancelot came to visit a farm near her tower... the bridle of his horse was studded with gems which reflected light and appeared as if they were stars in the milky way. his bridle, bells rang as he rode and this sound reached the ears of the lady of shalott. her already urge of looking out the window overpowered her control and she, without thinking once looked out the window to see sir lancelot. immediately the mirror started breaking, the web flew out the window, and she knew the curse had started working against her life. she ran down the towers, found a boat, wrote her name and layed down in it. she started singing her last song which got people\'s attention to her and they including sir lancelot came to see what had happened. for whom she risked her life and looked out th window to see him, merely just commented on her beauty and prayed that god may have mercy on her....

| Posted on 2012-02-24 | by a guest


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the lady of shalott was known for her beautiful singing... people knew her as the woman residing in the grey tower and as the lady of shalott. she had a curse upon her... that if she should look out her window towards the city of camelot, the curse, whose consequence was unknown to her, would start working. she used to pass her time by weaving a web and looking at the reflections of the world outside through a mirror. one day, a red-cross knight sir lancelot came to visit a farm near her tower... the bridle of his horse was studded with gems which reflected light and appeared as if they were stars in the milky way. his bridle, bells rang as he rode and this sound reached the ears of the lady of shalott. her already urge of looking out the window overpowered her control and she, without thinking once looked out the window to see sir lancelot. immediately the mirror started breaking, the web flew out the window, and she knew the curse had started working against her life. she ran down the towers, found a boat, wrote her name and layed down in it. she started singing her last song which got people\'s attention to her and they including sir lancelot came to see what had happened. for whom she risked her life and looked out th window to see him, merely just commented on her beauty and prayed that god may have mercy on her....

| Posted on 2012-02-24 | by a guest


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It could give a lesson of us not appreciating the things we have until we lose them. The description of nature and the outside world is so beautiful that the lady of Shallot longs for it. She even tries to see it through a mirror she puts near the window to see the reflections of things. Also, she draws what she sees which may mean that she really wants to keep the things she see as a memory in case they change.
As said by others, yes, she may reflect Tennyson himself. He had a very poor and a hard life. You can interpret this the way you like :)

| Posted on 2011-06-19 | by a guest


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It could give a lesson of us not appreciating the things we have until we lose them. The description of nature and the outside world is so beautiful that the lady of Shallot longs for it. She even tries to see it through a mirror she puts near the window to see the reflections of things. Also, she draws what she sees which may mean that she really wants to keep the things she see as a memory in case they change.
As said by others, yes, she may reflect Tennyson himself. He had a very poor and a hard life. You can interpret this the way you like :)

| Posted on 2011-06-19 | by a guest


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It could give a lesson of us not appreciating the things we have until we lose them. The description of nature and the outside world is so beautiful that the lady of Shallot longs for it. She even tries to see it through a mirror she puts near the window to see the reflections of things. Also, she draws what she sees which may mean that she really wants to keep the things she see as a memory in case they change.
As said by others, yes, she may reflect Tennyson himself. He had a very poor and a hard life. You can interpret this the way you like :)

| Posted on 2011-06-19 | by a guest


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It could give a lesson of us not appreciating the things we have until we lose them. The description of nature and the outside world is so beautiful that the lady of Shallot longs for it. She even tries to see it through a mirror she puts near the window to see the reflections of things. Also, she draws what she sees which may mean that she really wants to keep the things she see as a memory in case they change.
As said by others, yes, she may reflect Tennyson himself. He had a very poor and a hard life. You can interpret this the way you like :)

| Posted on 2011-06-19 | by a guest


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The poem is an example of Tennyson\'s psychological state - he wants to explore outside of his own mind (the lady leaving the tower) but fears that this commitment will ruin the magic of his poetry (she dies).

| Posted on 2011-05-19 | by a guest


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Lady of Shallot makes the effort to leave the restricted area she has been assigned to in a male dominated world

| Posted on 2011-03-14 | by a guest


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I think this poem is a example of true love. She completely forgot about her life just to look at him - she had been weary of the curse for years and suddenly forgot about it on one glance of Lancelot.

| Posted on 2010-11-22 | by a guest


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I believe the Lady of Shalott to be demonstrating the demise of Paganism and powerful women while christianity was advancing.

| Posted on 2010-10-25 | by a guest


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The poem is a successful ballad. it evoke the romance of a medieval knighthood, fairytale, magic and love. The different colors used in this poem,not only enriches the visual imageries,but can also be considered to be an important device to manifest the different moods that are explored in this poem. the grey towers and grey walls bring out the monotony and painful solitude of lady shallots life.

| Posted on 2010-06-14 | by a guest


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Could the Lady Of Shalott merely be a personification of the river that is referenced directly and indirectly in most of the stanzas?

| Posted on 2009-09-15 | by a guest


.: The Lady of Shallot :.

Summary Part I: The poem begins with a description of a river and a road that pass through long fields of barley and rye before reaching the town of Camelot. The people of the town travel along the road and look toward an island called Shalott which lies further down the river. The island of Shalott contains several plants and flowers including lilies aspens and willows. On the island a woman known as the Lady of Shalott is imprisoned within a building made of "four gray walls and four gr

| Posted on 2008-01-29 | by a guest




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