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THE LADY OF SHALOTT

information about the poet's life, time period, and work
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Transcript of THE LADY OF SHALOTT

"The Lady of Shalott" Presented By: Bri Smith, Catherine Rettie, Ginsey Temple Background
Alfred Tennyson was born August 6th, 1809, at Somersby, Lincolnshire, fourth of twelve children of George and Elizabeth Tennyson. In 1827 Tennyson escaped the troubled atmosphere of his home when he followed his two older brothers to Trinity College, Cambridge, where his tutor was William Whewell. Tennyson was always sensitive to criticism, the mixed reception of his 1832 Poems hurt him greatly. Critics in those days delighted in the harshness of their reviews: the Quarterly Review was known as the "Hang, draw, and quarterly." At age 41 Tennyson had established himself as the most popular poet of the Victorian era and he become Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
In 1884 he accepted a peerage, becoming Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Tennyson died in 1892 and was buried in Westminster Abby What the Title Tells
The Lady of Shalott is the heroine of the poem and the heroine of the title. Tennyson focuses us right away on the importance of the Lady. Over all the poem has to say about Lancelot and Camelot, this is really her story. Paraphrase the Poem Part 1 Summary
The poem begins with a description of a river and a road that pass through long fields of barley and rye before reaching the town of Camelot. The people of the town travel along the road and look toward an island called Shalott, which lies further down the river. The island of Shalott contains several plants and flowers, including lilies, aspens, and willows. On the island, a woman known as the Lady of Shalott is imprisoned within a building made of “four gray walls and four gray towers.”
Both “heavy barges” and light open boats sail along the edge of the river to Camelot. But has anyone seen or heard of the lady who lives on the island in the river? Only the reapers who harvest the barley hear the echo of her singing. At night, the tired reaper listens to her singing and whispers that he hears her: “‘Tis the fairy Lady of Shalott.” Theme
The overall theme of the story is to live your life to the fullest with no regrets, make the best of what you are given. There are plenty of other themes in this poem. Part 2 Summary: The Lady of Shalott weaves a magic, colorful web. She has heard a voice whisper that a curse will befall her if she looks down to Camelot, and she does not know what this curse would be. Thus, she concentrates solely on her weaving, never lifting her eyes.
However, as she weaves, a mirror hangs before her. In the mirror, she sees “shadows of the world,” including the highway road, which also passes through the fields, the eddies in the river, and the peasants of the town. Occasionally, she also sees a group of damsels, an abbot (church official), a young shepherd, or a page dressed in crimson. She sometimes sights a pair of knights riding by, though she has no loyal knight of her own to court her. Nonetheless, she enjoys her solitary weaving, though she expresses frustration with the world of shadows when she glimpses a funeral procession or a pair of newlyweds in the mirror. Par 3 Summary: A knight in brass armor (“brazen greaves”) comes riding through the fields of barley beside Shalott; the sun shines on his armor and makes it sparkle. As he rides, the gems on his horse’s bridle glitter like a constellation of stars, and the bells on the bridle ring. The knight hangs a bugle from his sash, and his armor makes ringing noises as he gallops alongside the remote island of Shalott.
In the “blue, unclouded weather,” the jewels on the knight’s saddle shine, making him look like a meteor in the purple sky. His forehead glows in the sunlight, and his black curly hair flows out from under his helmet. As he passes by the river, his image flashes into the Lady of Shalott’s mirror and he sings out “tirra lirra.” Upon seeing and hearing this knight, the Lady stops weaving her web and abandons her loom. The web flies out from the loom, and the mirror cracks, and the Lady announces the arrival of her doom: “The curse is come upon me.” Part 4 Summary: As the sky breaks out in rain and storm, the Lady of Shalott descends from her tower and finds a boat. She writes the words “The Lady of Shalott” around the boat’s bow and looks downstream to Camelot like a prophet foreseeing his own misfortunes. In the evening, she lies down in the boat, and the stream carries her to Camelot.
The Lady of Shalott wears a snowy white robe and sings her last song as she sails down to Camelot. She sings until her blood freezes, her eyes darken, and she dies. When her boat sails silently into Camelot, all the knights, lords, and ladies of Camelot emerge from their halls to behold the sight. They read her name on the bow and “cross...themselves for fear.” Only the great knight Lancelot is bold enough to push aside the crowd, look closely at the dead maiden, and remark “She has a lovely face; God in his mercy lend her grace.” The tone the speaker takes in this poem is a mixture of both sadness and grief.
-lonely in isolation (part 1 stanza 4, lines 1 and 3)
-lack of freedom (part 3, creates larger emphasis through big contrast)
-trapped with no escape from that he curse as she rebels against the webs of society (last stanza of part 3)
-result? she dies inside because of the curse (stanza 4 part 4) TONE The Band Perry The Band Perry song " If I Die Young" is based of The Lady of Shalott.
Things to look for while watching the video:
Kimberley Perry is mimicking The Lady Shalott
The author of the book she is holding is by Tennyson
The last part of the video shows the book is opened to the poem The Lady of Shalott Symbolism:
The River: This symbol is the backbone of the poem. It symbolizes the flow and strength of the plot.
Camelot: Camelot paints a picture of big castles, kings, and people living in justice. This fantasy world seems untouchable until the end of the poem when finally you see Camelot. Its a beautiful joyful place. The Magic Web: This is one of the most memorable and fanciable of this poem. By using the word web it must mean something like a tapestry. This web is symbolizing that The Lady of Shalott is stuck in some sort of mess. When she should be in control and weaving her own web.
Sir Lancelot: He is used as a man of great appearance and irresistible to any and all ladies. He is described with what is seen of him in the mirror by the Lady and the cause of her to look out her window and to curse herself. The Island: The island is used to show the loneliness and isolation from the outside world.
The Lady of Shalott: The author does not give us a description of Lady of Shalott. We think he is trying to make it hard for the reader to image her.
The Mirror: This mirror is the Lady's world. She can see the outside world but its only a reflection of he real thing. This also symbolizing her isolation against the world. Personification – Line: 3-4, 10, 12, 16, 29, 48, 89, 119, 120,
Simile Line: 82-83, 94,
Onomatopoeia-Line: 10, 11
Alteration- 10, 28, 29, 58, 73, 87, 109- 112 There are many descriptive words in the poem that help the reader to get a since of the scenery and what is happening. In with there are sound devices which include; Personification, Simile, Onomatopoeia and Alteration. This affects the mood by making it possible for the reader to get the feeling of being there in person. You can feel the isolation The Lady of Shalott feels and her longing to be a part of the outside world. IMAGES
The images that come to mind when as we read the poem are the calm country side, the river and the boat floating down the river, someone in prison; something’s that we felt while reading the poem were sorrow, empathy, curiosity.
•From The Princess; A Medley (1847)
o"The Princess"
oNow Sleeps the Crimson Petal
o"Tears, Idle Tears"
•In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849)
•Ring Out, Wild Bells (1850)
•The Eagle (1851)
•The Sister's Shame[19]
•From Maud; A Monodrama (1855/1856)
oMaud
•The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854
•From Enoch Arden and Other Poems (1862/1864)
oEnoch Arden
•The Brook
•Flower in the crannied wall (1869)
•The Window – (1871)
•Harold (1876)
•Idylls of the King (composed 1833–1874)
•Locksley Hall Sixty Years After (1886)
•Crossing the Bar (1889)
•The Foresters – (1891)
•Kapiolani (published after his death by Hallam Tennyson) Partial list of works
•From Poems, Chiefly Lyrical (1830):
oThe Dying Swan
oThe Kraken
oMariana
•Lady Clara Vere de Vere (1832)
•From Poems (1833):
oThe Lotos-Eaters
oThe Lady of Shalott (1832, 1842
o The Visit (1991).
oThe Palace of Art
•St. Simeon Stylites (1833)
•From Poems (1842):
oLocksley Hall
oTithonus
oVision of Sin [18]
oThe Two Voices (1834)
o"Ulysses" (1833)
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