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beerdeer | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM via web

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I am looking for a suitable piece of literature (preferably a poem) I can compare to Tennyson´s The Lady of Shalott.(parallels in regard to context) Thank you! 

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM (Answer #1)

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Any of the Camelot/Arthur sagas preceding Tennyson’s treatment might be cited for similarity of content, including the Mabinogion legend of Welsh literary history, and Le Morte d’Arthur of Thomas Malory, in that they combine the characters in the legend with natural landscape and spritely figures.  In more modern times, the treatments of the Arthurian legend from the musical Camelot to the novel The Once and Future King.  But the closest to the same context comes in the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, which, while not directly mentioning the Camelot legend, bears many similarities to the tale of a young maiden goblin (Laura) who meets a knight among the fairyland (goblins) world.  It too is a poetic legend with an unhappy ending.  

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