Compare and contrast the poems The Lady of Shalott and The Highway Man.

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Compare and contrast the poems “The Lady of Shalott” and “The Highway Man”.

    In this essay, I’m going to compare and contrast the two poems “The Lady of Shalott” and “The Highway Man”. I will be looking at their points of similarity and difference.

“The Lady of Shalott”

“The Lady of Shalott” is set in the fairy land of Shalott. She is a prisoner in an isolated castle with four grey towers and four grey walls. There is a river which flows down to Camelott. The castle in which she’s imprisoned is on an island in the middle of the river. She is like a “fairy” – not seen by anybody. She has a curse placed on her. She can only look at the world in reflection. She looks into a mirror and weaves a tapestry of the world outside. She sees the “highway near winding down to Camelott”, the red cloaks of market girls”, “a curly Shepherd lad”, a “long-haired page in crimson clad” and “the knights come riding two and two.”

    Then she sees “Sir Lancelot”, a handsome, wealthy noble knight, ride “between the barley sheaves”.  “He flashed into the crystal mirror”. “She left the web, she left the loom… she looked down to Camelott. Out flew the web and floated wide; the mirror cracked from side to side”. The curse was now broken.  She left the castle and found a boat “beneath the willow afloat”; she lay “robed in snowy white” in this boat and gently drifted down stream to Camelott and died. “They heard her singing her last song, The Lady of Shalott.”

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    “The Lady of Shalott” is mainly set in the day as she looks into the mirror at the pastoral world outside. It is also mainly warm and sunny. The weather changes (pathetic fallacy) – moves to night; she freezes to death. Lancelot is a noble knight, handsome, wealthy, honorable and has a high status. Lady of Shalott has a “lovely face” – “robed in snowy white.” The Lady of Shalott dies peacefully, she just drifts off. She dies ‘by accident’ for her imaginary love.  

     “The Lady of Shalott is divided into ...

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