Describe each of the following lines from "The Lady of Shalott" in detail, please:On either side the river lie Long fields of barley and of rye, That clothe the wold and meet the sky; And...

Describe each of the following lines from "The Lady of Shalott" in detail, please:

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.

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Part I.  On both sides of the river are fields, and in the middle of these fields is a road that leads to Camelot.  Many people travel this road and gaze on the island of Shalott, home of the Lady of Shalott.  No one has ever seen her, but reapers hear her song in the morning and evening, declaring it to be "the fairy of Shalott.

Part II. She weaves day and night a web of bright colors. She has heard it said that if she looks toward Camelot, she will be cursed.  She doesn't know what the curse is, so she continues to weave.  S he looks in a mirror to see Camelot, avoiding looking at it directly.  She watches shadows of people going to Camelot.  Sometimes a group of happy girls, sometimes a priest, a shepherd, and once in a while knights will come, riding two by two.  She doesn't have a knight to protect her. She weaves all of these scenes into her web.  Finally she admits that she is tired of seeing all her sights through the mirror.

Part III. One day Sir Lancelot arrives in Camelot.  He is very handsome (this goes on for some lines) and enjoys singing on his journey.  Even though she knows it is forbidden, she looks down on Camelot.  When she does, her web flies out the window, the mirrror cracks, and she knows she is cursed.

Part IV.  That evening, when it is raining, the Lady of Shalott walks to the river and finds a boat.  She writes her name on it.  In a glassy trance, she unties the boat, lies down in it, and allows  the river to bear her into Camelot.  Dressed all in white, she floats down to Camelot singing her last song.  Before she reaches Camelot, she dies.  She silently enters Camelot, and everyone comes out to stare at her corpse.  The knights all cross themselves for fear of what this means.  Lancelot arrive, compliments her beauty, and asks God to bless her.

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