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‘The Lady of Shalott’ by Tennyson and ‘The Inchcape Rock’ by Southey

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Two narrative poems 'The Lady of Shalott' by Tennyson and 'The Inchcape Rock' by Southey. In the narrative poem, 'The Lady of Shalott', by Tennyson, part one sets the scene. The poem is bout a lady who is in a tower on the island of Shallot. The tower looks down to Camelot. The lady, who is based on Elaine, is cursed. This is made clear in part two of the poem, which describes her. 'There she weaves by night and day A magic weld with colours gay. She has heard a whisper say, A curse on her if she stay To look down on Camelot. She knows not what the curse may be, So she weath steadily, And little other care hath she The lady of Shalott' This verse describes the Lady of shallot's actions in the tower. The Lady of Shalott can not look directly down to Camelot otherwise she will break the curse so she looks down to Camelot via the mirror in her room. She seems contented in the tower looking down at the people below who seem oblivious of her up in the tower. The first time in the poem when the lady of Shalott speaks she says, 'I'm half sick of shadows', this is also the first part in the poem where the lady of Shalott appears to be unhappy with her lifestyle. ...read more.

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This is because he sailed the seas as a pirate and stole money. They then aim to return to Scotland. '...And now grown rich with plundered store, He steers his course for Scotland's shore...' In the last part of the poem the consequences are seen. As it is too dark to see the Inchcape rock the crew begin that they could hear the bell. 'Now where we are I cannot tell But I wish I could hear the inch cape bell' The poem ends with Ralph the rover's boat hitting the rock. The ship sinks and presumably they all die. 'But even in his dying fear One dreadful sound could the rover hear, A sound as if with the inch cape bell The Devil ringing his knell' A point of interests in the lady of Shalott is that there is no direct communication between the lady of Shalott and Lancelot, although Lancelot could be blamed for her death, as he was the one who tempted her to look directly down to Camelot. The poem is mysterious because you never find out how or why the lady of Shalott was cursed. You also never find out who cursed her. The thing that surprised me the most about this poem was the ending. ...read more.

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It is written more 'lightly'. The general rhyming pattern for this poem is 'a a b b'. I think this makes the poem affective. It makes it sound relaxed as 'a a b b' is the rhyming pattern that most children's poems use. The structural rhyme of the poem was similar throughout. Verse one -10,8,10,9 (syllables); verse two - 10,9,10,8. The other verses all have similar rhyming patterns throughout the poem. The language in this poem is also quite old fashioned and this is also probably due to the language at the time when the play was written. Tennyson also used many adjectives. 'Lying, robed in snowy white That loosely flew to left and right The leaves upon her falling light Thro' the noises of the night She floated down to Camelot: And as the boat-head wound along The willowy hills and fields among They heard her singing her last song, The Lady of Shalott.' Out of the two poems, I personally prefer the Inchcape rock. I think this is true because of the more relaxed style. I also preferred it because it was simple, the vocabulary was a little easier to understand. I also think that its more detectable rhyming pattern was good. Another reason why I though the Inchcape rock was better was because it was more moralistic. (Sir Ralph was responsible for his own death due to his irresponsible actions. Think before acting). ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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