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The Lady of Shalott

According to the reference on Linguistics, the definition of an allegory is: "An allegory is an extended metaphor, especially a story in which fictional characters and actions are used to...

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In the first stanza of Part II, the narrator tells us that the Lady of Shalott has no time "to sport or play" because she must continue to weave and weave at her loom, and she is not permitted to...

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott" is a ballad, or a story poem. To think about the key points, then, use the elements of the story arc. For this poem, the story unfolds like this:...

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The Lady of Shalott dies in a mystical and unnatural way. She has been confined to a tower from which she can only see out through a window. However, she is not actually allowed to look directly...

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In Alfred Lord Tennyson’s famous poem “The Lady of Shalott,” a fair maiden is trapped in a tower weaving, cursed if she ever stops her work to gaze out her window. Light bears symbolic significance...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018, 3:04 pm (UTC)

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The Lady of Shallot had been consigned to a terrible fate through a curse. She was required to stay forever in her tower and weave all day every day, and she could not look directly out on the land...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 7:16 pm (UTC)

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If you read the chapter about the Lady of Shalott in King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, it really helps you understand this poem better. The simile is a comparison of two unlike things...

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The Lady who lives in the castle on the Island of Shalott spends most of her time weaving "a magic web with colors gay." She weaves steadily because she knows a curse will come upon her if she...

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The Lady of Shalott, the title character of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem, is a dynamic character, meaning that she grows as a person over the course of the ballad. As the poem begins, the Lady is...

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In Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott," the "fairy Lady" lives on the island of Shalott and is under a curse. The curse will be activated only if she pauses from her weaving to look...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016, 1:58 am (UTC)

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The mirror that the Lady of Shallot uses to view what is outside of the tower represents how people can view things with an altered sense of reality. The lady could only view the outside world...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2008, 6:36 pm (UTC)

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The most common form of imagery in this poem is visual imagery, where the words in the poem invoke images in your mind that you can visualize, for example. "On either side the river lie Long...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2009, 7:50 am (UTC)

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Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott" was first published in 1833 and then again, with significant revisions, in 1842. In both versions, however, the lady, Elaine of Astalot, is fated to weave her...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2019, 6:10 am (UTC)

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As the poem opens, the speaker describes the scene around the tower of Shalott. We realize this is an isolated setting outside of Camelot, surrounded by barley fields. Tennyson calls the barley...

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In "The Lady of Shalott," no information is revealed concerning who cursed the Lady, why she is cursed, or how long she's been cursed. The "history" of the curse is left ambiguous. This means, of...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2010, 12:31 am (UTC)

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The lady in The Lady of Shallott, symbolically represents the conditions that existed in society that controlled the lives of Victorian women. As sons were gaining more freedom in upper class...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2009, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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The main role that death plays in The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is fairly straightforward, that the Lady of Shalott dies by the end of the poem. Her death is probably caused by a...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2012, 9:48 pm (UTC)

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The lines in which this phrase occurs are: ... by the marge unhail'd The shallop flitteth silken sail'd, Skimming down to Camelot. What makes these lines somewhat puzzling is that...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2017, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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At the end of part II, the Lady of Shalott says, "I am half sick of shadows." She is tired of looking at reflections of things and people, rather than the things and people themselves. She is tired...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019, 7:56 pm (UTC)

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In Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem, the Lady of Shallot is under a curse if she stops weaving and looks outside the walls of her tower. Since "she knows not what the curse may be," she is afraid to...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 3:43 pm (UTC)

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The island of Shalott sits in the midst of a river that is filled with copious amounts of waterlilies and daffodils. There are willow trees and aspen, and on the island itself is an imposing...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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The setting of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott" is the imaginary kingdom of Camelot, of which King Arthur is the legendary ruler. The lady's specific location, however, is the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2011, 12:03 am (UTC)

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The lady lives in a tower in a castle on an island which flows toward Camelot. The castle has "four grey walls" and "four grey towers." There is a window in her room which may open on a hinge...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 4:23 pm (UTC)

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To further the discussion, I will explain my answer! Since the poem is written in third person, it is not the Lady who describes Lancelot; it is the narrator's description we are given in Part III....

Latest answer posted May 2, 2009, 7:32 am (UTC)

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Critics disagree about the interpretation of the metaphor in "The Lady of Shalott," but some often cited themes are: restriction or deprivation; art versus artifice; love versus infatuation; and...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2010, 2:43 am (UTC)

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There are a number of ways to interpret this poem. Looked at literally, as mizzwillie does in her post above, the poem resonates with ideas of loneliness, isolation and eventually a yearning for...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2015, 5:07 pm (UTC)

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In many ways, these poems are quite different. Ulysses is written as a dramatic monologue, in which the protagonist speaks in his own voice, whereas The Lady of Shalott is described in the third...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012, 5:57 pm (UTC)

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The Lady of Shalott's conflict is an internal one, prior to her sighting of Sir Lancelot. Once she sees him, she does not seem to experience any conflict at all: She left the web, she left the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018, 8:59 pm (UTC)

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In reading Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott, there are several elements of the plot that create a sense of mystery. Influenced by the Romantic Movement (which often addressed the supernatural—as seen...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2015, 6:36 am (UTC)

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Everything we know in Tennyson's poem "The Lady of Shalott" we learn from the narrator, who tells the story from a third-person omniscient perspective. The narrator informs us early on that a...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018, 7:16 pm (UTC)

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"The Lady of Shalott" is a Victorian poem based upon the Arthurian legend; that is, Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table, especially Lancelot. It is also believed Tenneyson used the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2008, 9:54 pm (UTC)

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem presents a woman who is confined inside by a magically imposed curse. She cannot leave her room and go outside, a situation that increases her fascination with that...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020, 3:16 am (UTC)

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"The Lady of Shalott" uses aaabaaab rhyme to establish its dreamlike rhythm and structure, with the final word of each stanza almost always being "Shalott" (on one occasion, the word is...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018, 9:26 am (UTC)

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The lyrical poem, The Lady of Shallot's mood is created by the descriptive style that Tennyson employs in the early parts of the poem. We learn of the landscape in great detail, until he tells us...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2008, 6:16 am (UTC)

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These lines are full of visual and aural imagery. One imagines the glittering jewels in the horse's bridle and the sound the bridle bells make in the silent forest. The comparison to the "Golden...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2011, 5:37 am (UTC)

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The people of Camelot react with fear and confusion as the dead body of the Lady of Shalott floats into their view. Her arrival draws a hush tone from the crowd. They prayed for the dead Lady of...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2008, 9:22 am (UTC)

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If there were no other reasons, Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" would be considered Victorian because it was written by the man considered to be the poetic voice of the Victorian age, the man...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2010, 9:49 am (UTC)

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One of the themes of "The Lady of Shalott" is directly tied to symbolism present in the poem. At its center, the poem is probably about the role of artists and the creative process. The Lady as...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2011, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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In Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott," there are a number of literary devices used in this beautiful and sad poem. In the first stanza, barley and rye are personified as clothing the...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012, 9:25 am (UTC)

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Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” uses many figurative language devices to communicate meaning and tone. Besides the examples mentioned, there are multiple examples of personification...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019, 3:47 am (UTC)

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This poem is helpfully structured into four parts, so I will use those parts to answer your question. Part one establishes the character of the Lady of Shallot and also her setting. Throughout the...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2009, 3:25 am (UTC)

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In the early stanzas of Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott," the setting is established, as is the contrast between Shalott and Camelot. Specifically, though, the stanza you quote establishes that...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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In part 3, the reader is introduced to Sir Lancelot, and almost every image associated with him concerns brightness and light. The sun "came dazzling" through the leaves when he rides, and it...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2020, 8:39 pm (UTC)

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One instance of irony in Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" occurs in the resolution and is situational irony. The Lady of Shalott has seen the "shadow," the reflection, of Sir Lancelot, which...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2010, 6:11 am (UTC)

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Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" is set in a dream world influenced by Arthurian romance, rather than in the Victorian England in which Tennyson lived. The stream beneath the tower flows to...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2018, 8:31 am (UTC)

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In this fascinating poem a lot seems to be said about the division between art and life. The Lady of Shallot is trapped or "embowered" in her tower and left to see life as a pale imitation as...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2011, 6:31 pm (UTC)

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Generally speaking, the more vowel sounds, the more mellifluous and melodious the language sounds. Vowels take longer to pronounce than consonants do, and long vowels (the "a" sound in way, the...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2017, 11:45 am (UTC)

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Elaine, the Lady of Shalott, is in love with Lancelot, hence the references to light and heat. When she first sees him, it is the reflection of her magic mirror through which the Lady of Shalott...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2008, 2:07 am (UTC)

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The "fairy Lady of Shallot" weaves a magic web by night and day, content to see the world through the reflections of a "glass" or mirror. Eventually, she becomes tired of such...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2008, 2:39 am (UTC)

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The Lady of Shalott is confined to her castle where she weaves scenes of people traveling to Camelot, the famed and wondrous city of King Arthur. She cannot look directly out the window of her...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011, 6:58 am (UTC)

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