"The Lady of Shalott" is a narrative poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson that describes how the Lady lives in a tower and weaves because of a curse that pronounces some sort of doom upon her if she ever ceases her weaving or looks at Camelot. One day she sees Sir Lancelot ride by and falls in love with him. She takes her eyes off her weaving and looks down to Camelot, which causes the curse to fall upon her.
For her final journey, she leaves her tower and finds a boat. She inscribes the words "The Lady of Shalott" on the boat. After looking at Camelot again, she lies down in the boat and sets it adrift on the river. As she floats downstream, she sings, and then she dies sometime before she arrives in Camelot.