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Compare and contrast "The Lady of Shalott" and "The Highwayman" In this essay, I intend to examine the storylines, themes and language of The Lady of Shalott

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GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK Compare and contrast "The Lady of Shalott" and "The Highwayman" In this essay, I intend to examine the storylines, themes and language of The Lady of Shalott and The Highwayman, compare and contrast The Lady of Shalott by Lord Tennyson and The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and then explain why I think that one of the poems is more powerful than the other one. The Lady of Shalott is a poem by Lord Tennyson. It is about a lady trapped in a tower between "four gray walls, four gray towers" in an island called Shalott near Camelot. "A curse" will be upon her if she looks out of the window "down to Camelot". She weaves a "magic web" of what she sees in her mirror. She sees the reflection of what goes on in the world. But, then, a knight comes to Camelot named Sir Lancelot. He "flash'd" into The Lady of Shalott mirror as "he rode down to Camelot". ...read more.

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One of the differences between The Lady of Shalott and The Highway man is that the writer describes the morning in The Lady of Shalott. "Gazing where the lilies blow" in The Lady of Shalott substantiates this point. The writer describes the night in The Highwayman. "The moon was a ghostly galleon" in The Highwayman substantiates this point. The second difference between both poems is that the knight in The Lady of Shalott has a sword. "As he rode his armour rung" in The Lady of Shalott authenticates this point. The men in The Highwayman have guns. "His pistol butts a-twinkle" authenticates this point. The other difference between both poems is that Sir Lancelot is wearing a helmet in The Lady of Shalott. "She saw the helmet" in The Lady of Shalott provides evidence for this point. The men in The Highwayman are wearing French cocked-hats. "He'd a French cocked-hat on his forehead". ...read more.

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This metaphor: "Some bearded meteor" in The Lady of Shalott makes me think of the colour red and lots of shooting stars. This metaphor: "The moon was a ghostly galleon" in The Highwayman makes me think of some one floating deep in the sky, ghost and the bright moon. This simile:"Burn'd like one burning flame together" in The Lady of Shalott makes me think of the colour red and someone on fire. This simile: "Down like a dog on the highway" in The Highwayman makes me think of a dog, a hill and some one dying. In conclusion, Lord Tennyson uses various techniques in his poem-The Lady of Shalott. The level of description in his poem exceeds the description in The Highwayman. In The Lady of Shalott, figurative language is used successfully among with other techniques to be a more effective poem then The Highwayman. One of the examples of successful imagery is the following metaphor:" The moon was a ghostly galleon" To conclude, The Lady of Shalott is a far more effective poem than The Highwayman in my opinion. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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