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The Lady of Shalott: By Lord Alfred Tennyson.

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The Lady of Shalott: By Lord Alfred Tennyson. In the first stanza the author is setting the scene and describing the sky, fields and areas around the island of Shalott and Camelot. The ways the first paragraph always ends with Camelot and the second with Shalott suggests that every thing in the poem revolves around these two places. In the second stanza the Tennyson's choice of words enhances the mood and emphasises the soft wind in the following quote by repeating the 'S' sound. 'Willows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver' Then the writer goes on to describe the castle in which the Lady of Shalott lives. 'Four grey walls, and four grey towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle embowers The Lady of Shalott.' The grey walls and towers introduce a sense of gloominess and captivity while the flowers which they over look taunt her In the third stanza the author gives a description of the river and the boats that arrive at Camelot. Tennyson uses slow and heavy language like ' Slide the heavy barges trailed By slow horses;...' ...read more.


' She knows not what the curse may be, And so she weaveth seadily And little other care has she, The Lady of Shalott.' The next stanza gives a description of how the lady manages to see the world with out looking out of the window. 'And moving thro' a mirror clear That hangs before her all the year, Shadows of the world appear .' Although the mirror is described as 'clear' the lady feels as if she can only see the shadows of the world that is carrying on out side the castle walls of Shalott In the third stanza of part II Tennyson describes the people which she can see in the refection of his mirror. 'Some times a troop of damsels glad, An abbot on an ambling pad, Some times a curly shepherd lad, Or long haird page in crimson clad' The lady then describes the knight which she can see riding to Camelot. This makes the lady sad because she is alone. ' And some times tho' the mirror blue The knights come riding two and two: She hath no loyal knight and true, The lady of Shalott.' ...read more.


The Third stanza starts by enhancing the readers vision of Sir Lancelot with these lines. 'The helmet and helmet feather Burned like one burning flame together As he rode down to Camelot.' In verse four Sir Lancelot is described as a flash in the mirror. The in stanza five Tennyson uses the repetition of the word 'she' to make the Lady of Shalott's movements more frantic as she looks out of the window to see Sir Lancelot. In the second paragraph of stanza five Tennyson rhythms the following words to emphasise how dramatic the scene is. 'Out flew the wed and floated wide; The mirror cracked from side to side; 'The curse is upon me,' cried; the lady of Shalott.' The weather is used to show that the some thing bad is going to happen at the start of Part IV and again the author use rhythm to increase this foreboding sense. 'In the stormy east wind straining , The pale woods were waning, The Broad stream in him banks complaining, Heavily low sky raining' The rest of the verse just describes how the lady finds a boat and writes her name on it. In stanza two the lady travels down the river leading to Camelot. ...read more.

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