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When in the poem "The Lady of Shalott" is figurative language used?

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Posted September 10, 2008 at 3:05 AM via web

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When in the poem "The Lady of Shalott" is figurative language used?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 10, 2008 at 5:40 AM (Answer #1)

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In "the Lady of Shalott," the poet uses figurative language, which includes, metaphors, and personification.

Metaphor: Suggests that the fields clothe the world. Not literally, but it creates a wonderful image. The lady is compared to a spider sitting in her web, with the ability to create images in a mirror.

"Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;' 

"But in her web she still delights
To weave the mirror's magic sights"

Personification: Attributing human qualities to a thing or idea.  Breezes can't shiver, people can.  But you get the idea.

"Little breezes dusk and shiver 

In among the bearded barley,

The broad stream in his banks complaining,"

Excerpts from "The Lady of Shalott" by Tennyson 
 

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