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"The Lady of Shalott"by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Transcript of "The Lady of Shalott"by Alfred Lord Tennyson

On an isolated island away from civilization is the island of Shalott, and on that island, the reapers tell of the existence of a fairy named the Lady of Shalott. She is cursed to floating around in this land, trying to go to Camelot, but she can manipulate what goes on in the magic mirror she is confined to. She experiences her curse when she damages her realm, and her beautky and being are discovered when she is found, dead in a boat.
& Shifts
& Situation
Devices- Symbolism through characters: The poet uses his characters in this poem to symbolize the parts of his message. The Lady of Shalott represents the life of the artist because she is always floating around on an island, similar to how an artist is always looking for someone to discover them. She also uses Lancelot to describe her obtainment of this recognition, but Lancelot serves as a symbol for the temporary quality of this achievement because those who appreciate the artists' work only appreciate it for so long.
Brief Summary
Speaker
Tone
SPEAKER: The speaker is someone who has heard the legend of the Lady of Shalott, and who is explaining it to an audience
SITUATION: The poem is told after the dead body of the Lady of Shalott is found in the boat referred to at the end of the poem.

SHIFTS: The tone shifts occur at line 37 (descriptive to hopeful), and line 109 (hopeful to depressed)
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"The Lady of Shalott"
Title Significance
& Thematic Statement
Theme
The title of this poem is meant to indicate who the main character/focus of this piece of poetry is going to be. The Lady of Shallot is not only the main character, but also the main symbol in this poem, which means the title is just serving the purpose of letting the reader know what the poem is supposed to be about.
THEME: Although one's state can seem hopeful and serene, they may be swept away at their death without anything of that state.

THEMATIC STATEMENT: In the poem "The Lady of Shalott," Alfred Lord Tennyson illustrates that although one's state can seem hopeful and serene, they may be swept away at their death without anything of that state through the tale of a fairy-like woman whose life seems full of wonder and wants to find her perfect mate, but passes away before her man finds her.
"The Lady of Shalott" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Victorian Poetry Analysis

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TONE: The tone of the poem shifts multiple times throughout the duration of the poem from descriptive to hopefulness, to grief/depression.

In the poem "The Lady of Shalott," Alfred Lord Tennyson illustrates that although one's state can seem hopeful and serene, they may be swept away at their death without anything of that state through the tale of a fairy-like woman whose life seems full of wonder and wants to find her perfect mate, but passes away before her man finds her. This idea is exemplified through the use of the above character as a symbol for the artist. Tennyson is trying to say that the artist is similar to the Lady of Shalott because the lady has a beauty that is not seen by anyone, but once it is discovered, it is too late to appreciate that beauty. The artist's life is similar because during the artist's lifetime, few people are aware of, and are appreciative of any particular artist's talent. Their talent usually doesn't even get discovered until after their death, similar to how the Lady of Shalott's prowess with a bow or her beauty do not get seen or understood by anyone until she is found dead by Lancelot, who by the way is Tennyson's symbol for the observer who realizes the artist's talent.
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