And in some senses it is a danger to read too much into the poem for fear of ignoring the sheer aesthetic beauty of it. Such an interpretation, in turn, folds into another analysis of the poem, which focuses on the fact that the Lady of Shalott is just that, a lady. In the stormy east-wind straining, The pale yellow woods were waning, The broad stream in his banks complaining. Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott. So, this conflict between an artist's need to concentrate on her work and the desire to be involved in the real world is played out in the poem.
Lancelot sings a traditional folk refrain, which would be historically accurate and would invoke a sense of nostalgia in readers of Tennyson's time. She ignores that at first by distracting herself as she weaves a tapestry picture of the reflections she sees in the mirror. The irony of this is buried, however, within the rush of mystical occurrences which indicate that the curse the Lady mentioned in line 40 is indeed real; the mirror cracks, the tapestry unravels. The Lady of Shalott is a woman who's under a curse that she knows nothing about its cause. Lines 46-54 Not able to look directly at the world out of her window, the Lady observes it through a mirror. Incidentally, lilies are white, a color traditionally associated with purity.
Without being an expert on art, the drawings appear to be realistic and restrained, with the blue hues dominating matching the melancholy mood of the poem and the drawings having a somewhat impressionistic air about them, as if they could have been done in a hurry with the colors sometimes going outside of the lines of the figures on the pages. And there the surly village-churls And the red cloaks of market girls, Pass onward from Shalott. Four grey walls, and four grey towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott. It is a place that people merely notice in passing. This ballad, in my opinion deals with human nature, its needs and longings. Even so, as I am not reading this as a child I do not feel it necessary to answer or even to speculate on the intended audience of this book. I beg of you to read past the Romantic descriptions of nature and the older English to what's really in there: 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.
Some see 'The Lady of Shallot' to be about the tragic struggle of the artist who needs to focus on his or her calling or passion, but is pulled away by the demands and enticements of life. She knows not what the curse may be, And so she weaveth steadily, And little other care hath she, The Lady of Shalott. Though he agrees to wear her token in the tournament, Lancelot later rejects her. They hear her singing a song that echoes happily down the river to Camelot. We, as readers are given a vivid image of the beautiful main land of Camelot. Occasionally, she also sees a group of damsels, an abbot church official , a young shepherd, or a page dressed in crimson.
The Lady of Shalott sees the castle only in her mirror rather than directly experiencing it. Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott. An abbot on an ambling pad, Sometimes a curly shepherd-lad, Or long-haired page in crimson clad Goes by to towered Camelot; 60 And sometimes through the mirror blue The knights come riding two and two: She hath no loyal knight and true, The Lady of Shalott. Lines 109-117 Although it is Sir Lancelot's singing that makes the lady tempt fate by going to the window and looking out, she never actually sees him, just his helmet and the feather upon it. There are four parts in the poem, where the first two parts have four stanzas each while the fifth has three and sixth has six.
Forced to see the world in a two dimensional form through a mirror, deprived from living a normal life like everyone else and lives in a dark shadowy castle. The reader is shown the river and the road, and, far in the distance, the towers of Camelot. Thus Camelot takes on an unattainable quality since it can be seen and sought after, but not touched or truly experienced with the other senses. They had two sons, Hallam and Lionel. Beauty, art, deprivation, infatuation, and a tragic liberating ending, it has it all. Aesthetically it is a work of great and simply beauty, therefore providing evidence that language in a poetic simplicity can provide some of the greatest and most beautiful ideas and images.
She teaches elementary and high school English, and loves to help students develop a love for in depth analysis, and writing in general. There is certainly little to criticize about the use of the poem as a standalone volume or in the way that the illustrator portrays the lady as being isolated and ultimately heartbroken to the point of death--that is something that young people at least can relate to, given the intensity of emotions and their often tragic consequences for young people in this and every age. Here is the tragedy of love. I read the scanned papers of a beautiful edition by Mead Dodd with splendid illustrations, published in 1881. The author states that such a reading must take into account Tennyson's revisions of the poem as well as Tennyson's ideas regarding free will and conscious error.
This is contrasted with the inflexible, colorless walls and towers of Camelot in line 15. Even after all these years, it still gets to me. This tone of severity in the middle of nature's healthy activity prepares the reader for the introduction of the Lady of Shalott in line 18. And the grace of death. Lines 64-72 The action of the poem begins in this stanza, where the Lady's attitude changes: in line 55, she is delighted with the picture she is weaving of the outside world, but in line 71, the first time she speaks, she says she is unhappy with her situation. This idea combines many familiar themes: readers generally recognize the maiden trapped in the tower from the tale of Rapunzel or the maiden placed under a spell from the story of Sleeping Beauty; in addition, according to Greek myth, Penelope, the wife of Ulysses, avoided men who wanted to court her while her husband was away by constantly weaving, but then unravelling her work at night so that she would never be done. This idea combines many familiar themes: readers generally recognize the maiden trapped in the tower from the tale of Rapunzel or the maiden placed under a spell from the story of Sleeping Beauty; in addition, according to Greek myth, Penelope, the wife of Ulysses, avoided men who wanted to court her while her husband was away by constantly weaving, but then unravelling her work at night so that she would never be done.
The narrator here starts to throw around questions that force the reader to wonder more about who the lady of Shalott actually is. A red-cross knight for ever kneeled To a lady in his shield, That sparkled on the yellow field, Beside remote Shalott. However, that is not strictly its form. She knows not what the curse may be, And so she weaveth steadily, And little other care hath she, The Lady of Shalott. For ere she reach'd upon the tide 150 The first house by the water-side, Singing in her song she died, The Lady of Shalott. However, she is not indulging herself at all on this journey: rather than looking around at the river and surrounding countryside, the Lady lies down in the boat, presumably denying herself the possibility of a view. This is such a beautiful poem, and I cannot recommend it enough.