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Symbolism in Alfred Lord Tennyson's, "The Lady of Shalott"

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Transcript of Symbolism in Alfred Lord Tennyson's, "The Lady of Shalott"

Kaitlyn Franzen Overview Background of Author Poem Meaning/Structure/Other Symbols Today's challenges: technology, lack of interest in art
Can face the same fate as the Lady if forced to assimilate into the real world for survival Background
Symbol of artist/Connection to art
Relation to Victorian time period
Artist characteristics
Poem meaning/structure/other symbols
Modern day symbol/meaning Victorian artist in isolation from society, gave up art
Intense rhyme scheme (aaaabccb)
Lancelot, city of Camelot as symbols of temptation Modern Day Symbol/Meaning Symbolism in Alfred Lord Tennyson's, "The Lady of Shalott" Symbol of Artist/Connection to Art Weaves what she sees in her mirror
Imaginary, perfect world
Curse
Can't enter real world without destroying art's perfection
Risks perfection for desire in Lancelot Relation to Victorian Time Period Patriarchy
Isolation of artists
Victorian Lady: upper-class aristocrat with little to no control Artist Characteristics Dislike change
First Reform Bill, industrialization, sense of "progress"
Isolation Born August 6, 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire
Book of poems in 1827, attended Cambridge University
Poet laureate in 1850, wrote most famous "In Memoriam"
1859, "Idylls of the King", epic of King Arthur legends, medieval influences Sources Deborah A. Dooley: “Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott..” Literary Contexts In Poetry: Lord Alfred Tennyson’s ‘Lady of Shalott’
June Steffenson Hagen: “Reality and Reflection In “The Lady of Shalott.” American Notes & Queries 14.1
Whitney Hoth: “The Lady of Shalott.” Masterplots II: Poetry, Revised Edition
Academic American Encyclopedia: "Tennyson, Alfred, Lord"
Alfred Lord Tennyson: “The Lady of Shalott”. Prentice Hall Literature: The British Tradition
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