• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"The Lady of Shalott" - review

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"The Lady of Shalott" The poem "The Lady of Shalott" is about the Lady of Shalott who is on the island of Shalott and in the castle. She loves Sir Lancelot but they cannot be together because if she stops weaving a curse will be upon her and she will die, but she cannot stop loving Lancelot who has not seen her before, therefore she stops weaving and goes out the castle down to Camelot in a boat where she dies. Tennyson uses key elements like imagery and style which he uses effectively to put across his views. Some effective imagery in the poem is mostly movement as in section one there is a considerable amount of movement words, making it seem like there is a lot happening, "And through the field the road run by" This is emphasised by the number of people there are in the poem like the "market girls" and the "village churls", movement imagery also implies there is a lot going on, "Up and down the people go" The use of colours has also been ...read more.

Middle

In section 3 however, Tennyson spends 3 whole stanzas' describing Sir Lancelot and making him seem wonderful. Emphasising the similarity to a 'Prince charming' and a 'knight in shining armour'. He does this using such phrases like "Bold Sir Lancelot". He gives the impression that Sir Lancelot is a mighty, great warrior. For example, "a mighty silver bugle hung". I think Tennyson uses 3 whole stanzas describing Lancelot as he is an important character in the poem. Also because you find out why the Lady of Shalott loves him so much and why she gets so excited when she sees him in the mirror. The whole poem is about contrasts. Some of which are the differences between Camelot and Shalott. Also life inside the castle and life outside the castle and how life inside is full of monotony and entrapment, whereas life outside the castle is full of excitement, enjoyment and freedom. How the life she is living inside the castle is a life which is lived by shadows and reflections by the mirror but life outside the castle is 'real life' and is lived how you want it to be lived. ...read more.

Conclusion

The rhythm in this poem is very good as every line rhymes at the end as "quiver" rhymes with "shiver" and "day" rhymes with "gay" and so on. Also at the end of each stanza it ends with either "Shalott", "Camelot" or "Lancelot" which all rhyme, this makes each stanza tie in together nicely at the end. The author uses certain technical devices which make the poem better and more enjoyable to read. An example of a "technical device" is alliteration: "willows whiten" and "reapers reaping", this also gives it more rhythm. Onomatopoeia is also used effectively; the sound has an affect on the atmosphere and the mood in which the character is in, in the following the sound makes the mood happy. "The bridle bells rang merrily" Similes also give you an image in your head of how the text has an affect on the character, "The gemmy bridle glitter'd free, like to some branch of the stars we see" this gives you the image of the bridle being sparkly with gems which were as precious as the stars we see in the night sky, also how they gleamed like a bright star. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Alfred Lord Tennyson section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Alfred Lord Tennyson essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Lady Of Shalott Feminist Reading

    3 star(s)

    The two characters are presented as antitheses to one another as the Lady of Shalott is described as living in "shadows" and "silence" whereas Lancelot is linked with colours of royalty and wealth such as "purple" and compared with the cosmos such as "meteors".

  2. Marked by a teacher

    A later poet said 'Old men ought to be explorers'. What do you think ...

    3 star(s)

    The poet would also have thought this is a great idea I would have thought, as anyone would. Ulysses says; 'but every hour is saved From that eternal silence, something more, A bringer of new things' which suggests he thinks that he is exploring for the good of others, as

  1. Peer reviewed

    "What are the poetic skills Tennyson uses in his narrative poems?"

    3 star(s)

    Everything around her is falling apart, "The rusted nails fell from the knots" (stanza 1 line 3) This is a symbol of everything rooting as well as her mind. The final style used in his poetry is simile. There isn't an actual simile in the poem but one can be seen as a theme.

  2. "Consider the context of Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott' and analyse the presentation of ...

    movement such as quiver, breezes, shiver and runs, these words help to show that the Lady of Shalott herself is isolated but movement surrounds her. In the next part of this stanza Tennyson goes on to talk about how the Lady of Shalott is trapped in her tower which effectively

  1. A comaprison between mariana and the lady of shallot

    The broken sheds look'd sad and strange:" This shows that everything outside has not been looked after and I broken. Also in the poem it says that the grange has a moat around it. The significance in this is that again it suggests that Mariana is isolated.

  2. Discussing 'Mariana' and 'The Lady of Shallot' by Alfred lord Tennyson.

    The lady is cursed, preventing her from leaving the tower just like Mariana whose lover's absence has prevented her from fulfilling a normal life style and leaving the house, so the man is effectively a curse on her. This has made Mariana give up almost all hope, whilst the lady

  1. Why does Alfred Lord Tennyson Make Arthurian world look like the Golden Age?

    Tennyson makes this island look very sad and in some ways the total opposite to the to the dream land of Camelot: "And the silent isle inbowers." From this quote we firstly see in this phrase Shalott is very silent, which means that it is not a place where people would meet in their leisure time.

  2. Tennyson, We can not live in art

    yet this abundance only begins when the drugged Lotos Eaters begin to speak, the previous stanzas are far more literal and the poetic imagery within them much scarcer. The effect of this sudden luxuriance of sensation is almost soporific after the more straight forward descriptions it follows and, with the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work