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The Lady of Shalott In this essay I will compare and contrast the two poems, "The lady of Shalott" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and "Lady of Shalott" by Liz Lochhed. The two poems have very similar ideas and themes but are written in two very different styles. "The Lady of Shalott" is set in medieval times and is about a young woman trapped in a tower. She cannot leave the tower or even look out the window, as she believes that if she does a curse will come upon her. So she sits in her tower weaving and watching the people outside using a mirror. "Lady of Shalott", the second poem is set in the 20th century and is about a teenage girl getting ready for a youth club dance. As she's getting dressed she prays that she'll find a boyfriend at the dance, but in the end she returns home disappointed. The first poem, "The Lady of Shalott" is written in ballad form and has a rhythm or beat that goes A-A-A-A-B-C-C-C-B. ...read more.


Lancelot is described as if he doesn't have a care in the world, which is the total opposite of the Lady. In the last verse the pace speeds up and a lot of rhyme is used which works very effectively to create a feeling of drama and something happening. "She left the web, she left the loom." The last part of the poem is about the Lady dying and is quite sad. The verses flow again but the mood of the poem is much sadder and gloomier. It has a kind of disappointing end when Lancelot finds the Lady. Even though she fell in love with him at first sight and died because of it, all he could say about her was that she had a pretty face. "She has a lovely face" Overall the poem is quite sad as the Lady lived and died as a very lonely person. She lived in a kind of fantasy world, which is why, I think, she liked Lancelot so much as he was a knight. ...read more.


Another example of the writer's references to a fantasy world is the use of fairytale imagery. To stress the points she is trying to make the writer uses fairytale images to illustrate them. For example when she is trying to describe how disappointed the girl is feeling she says "Like Alice through the looking glass." Showing that she just wants to get through and away from her problems. One last technique of the writers is alliteration, to emphasise certain phrases An example of this is "Bloody, boring" if the writer had just written "boring" it would not have sounded so good or be as effective a description. Although the poems are written in very different styles there are some very obvious similarities between the two. One example of this is the mirror. In the first poem there are several references to the mirror and the Lady watching people through it and in the second poem the writer repeatedly says, "She moons in the mirror." Another similarity is the fantasy theme, both poems refer to Knights and in the first poem there is the curse, which is a fairytale thing. ...read more.

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