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why does sir lancelot sing "tirra lirra"?

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hamuah | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 24, 2012 at 10:24 PM via web

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why does sir lancelot sing "tirra lirra"?

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izzullina | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM (Answer #1)

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"Tirra Lirra" is basically a sort of traditional song in the world of English Poetry, where it is the song of the lark. A lark is a bird that spends mos of its time flying up high. In this sense the bird is "free".

Therefore I think Tennyson is trying to portray that Sir Lancelot is indeed free, where the Lady of Shalott is not.

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