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How does the Lady of Shalott die?

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misskiki | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 4, 2009 at 8:08 AM via web

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How does the Lady of Shalott die?

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 4, 2009 at 9:06 AM (Answer #1)

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Rejected by Sir Lancelot, whom she pined for, the Lady of Shalott took a boat down the river to her death. The poem describes her finding a boat, inscribing her name on it, lying down in it, and singing mourfully as she floated down the river to her death: 

". . .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.?

 

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