What is the curse on the Lady of Shalott?
The details of the curse are not disclosed in the poem, although sometimes the assumption is made that she's been cursed by a rival. As a result of the curse, the Lady is allowed to see the outside world only as a reflection in a mirror. One day she catches sight of the handsome knight Lancelot and cannot resist looking at him directly, thus bringing the curse upon herself. Her punishment is to drift in a boat down to Camelot 'singing her last song'; she dies before reaching her destination.