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How do Tennyson and Rossetti portray the themes of "Love and Loss" in the poems 'The Lady of Shallot' and the sonnet 'Remember'?

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How do Tennyson and Rossetti portray the themes of "Love and Loss" in the poems 'The Lady of Shallot' and the sonnet 'Remember'? Rossetti and Tennyson two of the most compelling and leading poets of their time lived in the Victorian era. Lord Tennyson was born in 1809 in Lincolnshire. In 1850 after being educated at Cambridge University he became Poet Laureate, this was the title given by the monarch at the time to the poet who wrote poems celebrating special and important public occasions. He had a life long fear of mental illness, as his family was known to have a hereditary genetic disorder. Many of his family (his brother and his father included) had this disorder and were put in mental homes. He later on died in 1892. Rossetti was born in 1830 she was a deeply religious woman, who was only recognised through her poetry. It would be fair for one to say that her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, rose to fame at a much higher level then Christina. Her brother rose to fame through his artistic nature. They were both members of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement; this group was focused on the progression of great works of poetry and painting. She died, due to cancer at the age of 64 in 1894. I have been given the assignment to scrutinise the themes of "Love & Loss" in the poems "The Lady of Shallot" written by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and the sonnet "Remember" by Christina Rossetti. The two poems were written in the Victorian era. ...read more.

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She knows not what the curse may be," She spends her time weaving and watching the people go by. The poem proceeds to describe the castle and it's surroundings. Also the poem describes how she falls in love with the knight Lancelot. Then how she escapes the castle only to journey to her death where she finally meets Sir Lancelot. The two poems have the overall theme of "love and loss" these are the two themes I intend to analyse. Rossetti writes about how someone wants to be remembered when they are gone away one may explain this as if someone is about to die, the "gone away" portrays the theme of loss, although the theme of loss is a major influence on the poem Rossetti manages to include the theme of love, one can conclude this because of the line; "You tell me of our future that you planned" This seems as if the lady is talking to her partner who had planned to be with her throughout her life. One may say there is a form of resentment in the quote. The theme of love is shown in the poem because the above quote portrays how much somebody loves his or her partner and wants to be remembered, this may be because she is leaving him or departing from the world. Tennyson also manages to depict the themes of love and loss through his poem "The Lady of Shallot", he also emphasise a sense of loneliness with the lady of Shallot. ...read more.

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"He said, 'She has a lovely face" This is an ironic ending because throughout the play she was in love with Sir Lancelot but her love was not recognised, as she was not known, until when she died Lancelot complemented her. One can say the poem is mysterious because you never find out how or why the lady of Shallot was cursed. It also could be said that Sir Lancelot was partially responsible for her death as he indirectly tempted her to try and free herself from the castle. In conclusion to my assignment I feel that the themes of love and loss are portrayed very well in the two poems I have analysed. The writers have used evocative language and imagery to do so. One may feel that the love and loss factors have much contemporary relevance, many writers still use these types of themes within their works, love and loss are also greatly influential topics in the film industry. Movies, which have incorporated these themes, include "Spider Man", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Titanic" also many animated movies such as "The Lion King" involve these themes. In modern day many action movies have managed to invoke the theme of death (in the form of revenge) and use it to enhance the plots of the movies. The themes of "Love and Loss" are greatly influential within our lives as well and will be for the time to come. ...read more.

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