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The Lady of Shalott (Part 1): Analysis
Transcript of The Lady of Shalott (Part 1): Analysis
On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro’ the field the road runs by
To many-tower’d Camelot;
And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott.
The Lady Of Shalott: Part 1
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The poem tells the tale of a town called Camelot, which neighbors an island called Shalott. On this island is a dark building that imprisons one trapped lady who is rightfully called "The Lady of Shallot". Nobody has ever seen or heard from her, but one. Some harvester said to have heard her singing one night, when the moon was high, and was so taken a back he only but whispered her presence.
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Willows whiten, aspens quiver,
Little breezes dusk and shiver
Thro’ the wave that runs for ever
in the river
Flowing down to Camelot.
Four gray walls, and four gray towers,
Overlook a space of flowers,
The Lady of Shalott.
By the margin, willow veil’d,
Slide the heavy barges trail’d
; and unhail’d
The shallop flitteth silken-sail’d
Skimming down to Camelot:
But who hath seen her
Or at the casement seen her stand?
Or is she known in all the land,
The Lady of Shalott?
Only reapers, reaping early
In among the bearded barley,
Hear a song that
From the river winding clearly,
Down to tower’d Camelot:
And by the
the reaper weary,
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
Listening, whispers “ ’Tis the fairy
Lady of Shalott.”
~By: Huy Do and Leah Sorg
This poem has a rhyme scheme
of A-A-A-A-B-C-C-C-B. With this, the
rhyme scheme emphasizes the beauty of nature with the man-made building that disrupts the whole pattern.
The phrase resonated throughout the poem was "Lady of Shalott". Its repetition signifies the ignorance of her presence and pleas.
The poem alludes to the lost and forgotten town of Camelot multiple times (lines: 5,10). This helps emphasize a greater sense of mystery for the city of Camelot itself is fable.
In lines 24-27 the poem questions who ever hath even seen her; noticed her? This questioning helps signify that these people rightfully know that this lady does truly exist but they are to shallow to even try to further their thoughts, so they leave it to be answered by a different observer.
There are many examples of this such as "Aspens quiver ... little breezes dusk and shiver". This stresses how even nature is weary of her presence.
The unknown is frightening and keeps people venturing out of their comfort zone.
The most prominent image we gather from the poem is the river. In the middle of the river is where Shalott's island is located and further down the river is Camelot.