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Explore the world created by Tennnyson in The Lady Of Shalott. What does the imagery and poetry add to her story?

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Sophie Johnstone Explore the world created by Tennnyson in The Lady Of Shalott. What does the imagery and poetry add to her story? Tennyson displays use of the method of imagery and poetry to enhance the effectiveness of the poem and to add to Lady of Shalott's story. The beginning of the text establishes the setting and empathises the peaceful nature of the area. The imagery within the poem is made to perfection, creating an idealistic atmosphere, which portrays a fairy tale for the reader, "Gazing where the lilies blow". The colours used also bring life to the imagery, the following quote highlights the sense that she is trapped and her life is like a prison, "Four gray walls, and four gray towers", The colours used here, introduce a sense of gloom and captivity. ...read more.


Her life is a world of shadows: dim, dismal, silent and gray. All colours that appear in her world are basic primary hues-i.e. the 'red cloaks of the market girls', the 'blue mirror', or the 'yellow woods'. Lancelot on the other hand is constantly surrounded by images of dazzling light and a clear aural imagery of ringing, "The bridle-bells rand merrily" He is described using many bright, fiery connotations such as a metor and there are many jewels surrounding him, portraying the sense of richness, "Thick-jewell'd shone the saddle-leather" It is this sharp contrast between the two that so strongly attracts The Lady of Shalott as an escape from her world of shadows. The fairy tale imagery is finally shattered we see a contrast to the previous weather and surroundings. ...read more.


Tennyson uses sibilant sounds, in the following quote the effect is enhancement of the mood and empathasis of the soft wind by repeating the 's' sound, "Little breezes dusk and shiver". To regain the reader's attention and excitement the writer uses slow heavy language to slow down the pace and then speeds it up suddenly with light and swift language, "The shallop flitteth silken-sail'd". Part III displays repetition of the word 'she', which moulds the idea of frantic movement and fastens the pace, "She left the web, she left the loom". I personally feel that The Lady of Shalott's story is truly tragic when it is explored deeply, however I feel the idealistic imagery conceals this and makes it seem like a typical fairy tale. As a reader, I received the impression that Tennyson is urging us to look deeper than the perfect outer shell and discover the true story of The Lady of Shalott. ...read more.

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