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Tennyson's The Lady Of Shalott

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Introduction

Tennyson's poem, The Lady of Shalott was written in the 1800's. It is about an imprisoned girl living in a cursed tower. She broke the curse for her love for Sir Lancelot and died soon after. This poem, in my opinion, was extremely well written. It has a steady rhythm and it is recognisable from over poems through its unique rhyming pattern. Each verse consists of a syllable sequence of 88888887. This gives the poem an extra sense of stability and structure. This poem increases its appeal to readers through its very own and different rhyming scheme of AAAABCCCB (this means that the first four lines rhyme, the fifth and ninth line rhyme and the sixth, seventh and eighth line rhyme.) ...read more.

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This is a type of poem which tells a story within a poem, it is called a 'ballad.' Overall, Tennyson has stuck very well to his overall plot of the poem. One thing I would criticise about this poem is that Tennyson leaves his readers in a maddening suspense. The whole ballad is a mystery to its readers. We do not know why she is in the tower, how she is fed, what is the curse and many other questions which are not answered throughout the whole poem. This mystery adds a sense of adventure and surprise to the poem. We wait to hear more, but still we are left in the dark. I feel Tennyson should lighten his poem up and answer some unanswered questions. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sir Lancelot is a mythical knight alongside King Arthur and 'The Knights of the Round Table.' The poem is set in Arthurian times. We know little today about the legendary times of King Arthur. The whole atmosphere changes from Dark to Light at the entrance of Sir Lancelot. His broad clear brow in sunlight glow'd;--------------------------- On burnish'd hooves his war-horse trode;---------------------- From Underneath his helmet flow'd------------------------------ his coal-black curls as on he rode,------------------------------- As he rode down to Camelot.------------------------------------- Sir Lancelot was meant to be an idle in the days of King Arthur. He was meant to inspire rich nobles, lords and even Kings. For the Lady of Shalott to actually see Sir Lancelot was a miracle. She could not resist the earge to break the curse and see Sir Lancelot in person. When Lancelot found her dead on the river bank, he took pity on her.u ...read more.

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