The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott Willows whiten aspens quiver Little breezes dusk and shiver Thro the wave that runs for ever By the island in the river Flowing down to Camelot Four gray walls and four gray towers Overlook a spac

  • Title: The Lady of Shalott
  • Author: Alfred Tennyson
  • ISBN: 9780192722119
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • Willows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver Thro the wave that runs for ever By the island in the river Flowing down to Camelot Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shallot The familiar words of this romantic poem have been enriched by the mysterious and evocative charcoal drawiWillows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver Thro the wave that runs for ever By the island in the river Flowing down to Camelot Four gray walls, and four gray towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowers The Lady of Shallot The familiar words of this romantic poem have been enriched by the mysterious and evocative charcoal drawings of the late Charles Keeping His illustrations will serve to stir the poetic imagination of readers familiar with Tennyson s haunting poem and will add an intriguing element of suspense and drama to newcomers A memorable book for children and adults alike.

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    1. Alfred Tennyson

      Alfred Tennyson, invariably known as Alfred Lord Tennyson on all his books, was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, the fourth of the twelve children of George Tennyson, clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth In 1816 Tennyson was sent to Louth Grammar School, which he disliked so intensely that from 1820 he was educated at home until at the age of 18 he joined his two brothers at Trinity College, Cambridge and with his brother Charles published his first book, Poems by Two Brothers the same year His second book, Poems Chiefly Lyrical was published in 1830 In 1833, Tennyson s best friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who was engaged to his sister, died, inspiring some of his best work including In Memoriam, Ulysses and the Passing of Arthur.In 1850, following William Wordsworth, Tennyson was appointed Poet Laureate and married his childhood friend, Emily Sellwood They had two children, Hallam born in 1852 and Lionel, two years later In 1884, as a great favourite of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he was raised to the peerage and was thereafter known as Baron Tennyson of Aldworth He was the first Englishman to be granted such a high rank solely for literary distinction Tennyson continued to write poetry throughout his life and in the 1870s also wrote a number of plays he died in 1892 at the age of 83 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

    790 thoughts on “The Lady of Shalott”

    1. This poem is one of the first I ever read, and is a true pleasure to read aloud. Go on, give it a try! But, perhaps only do so when nobody else is in the house, to save embarrassment.The Lady of Shallot is a lonely figure; she is isolated form the world and stuck up in a tower. She can only look out and admire the world that she cannot touch and cannot take part in. The world is separated from her by the height of the tower and the river moat that surrounds it, it constantly reminds her that she [...]

    2. This suits my current frame of mind beautifully.An absolutely splendid work. That's all I need to say.I read it years ago but now it seems to have had more of a profound impact on me for some obscure reason.It's short but one can really savour all the nuances.I especially liked:"“She left the web, she left the loom,She made three paces through the room,She saw the water-lily bloom,She saw the helmet and the plume, She look'd down to Camelot.Out flew the web and floated wide;The mirror crack'd [...]

    3. Alongside Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, Alfred Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott stands as one of the more fascinating works of poetry from the 1800s. Aesthetically it is a work of great and simply beauty, therefore providing evidence that language in a poetic simplicity can provide some of the greatest and most beautiful ideas and images. After all, in the Bible, the splendour of light was released with 'Let there be light.'The poem appears simple on the outside, with a nice flowing rhythm, reinfor [...]

    4. Many people, I dare say most, will claim to not like poetry, but this is one of those poems that I believe everyone can read and enjoy. The enchantment of the rhythm and rhyme of Tennyson's words, the hint of romance and the allusion to magic, all combine to make this poem a memorable pleasure.Tennyson actually wrote two versions of this poem ten years apart (1832-1842). The later one is one verse shorter than the first, both very similar, both very good.

    5. There's a nice moment in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie which references this poem. They're reading it in class, and they've just reached the lineAnd round about the prow she wrote: 'The Lady of Shalott'.The schoolgirl, daydreaming and only half paying attention, imagines herself talking with Tennyson's eponymous heroine."What did you write it with?" she asks."I found a pot of paint on the bank," replies the Lady. "It had probably been left there by one of the Unemployed."

    6. My favorite poem. Even after all these years, it still gets to me. It is long, but worth it, I feel. I beg of you to read past the Romantic descriptions of nature and the older English to what's really in there:On either side the river lie Long fields of barley and of rye, That clothe the wold and meet the sky; And through the field the road run by To many-tower'd Camelot; And up and down the people go, Gazing where the lilies blow Round an island there below, The island of Shalott. Willows whit [...]

    7. This is the only Tennyson that I have ever read and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely be interested in reading more Tennyson - any recommendations would be very welcome.

    8. I had to read this book today for work purposes. Oh my God, I loved it so much!I would recommend knowing the plot BEFORE reading it! That really helps with Tennyson or any form of ballad, I think.In the space of about a day, I fell in love with a poem. Who knew what joys work could bring!!!I initially gave this five stars because I loved the experience but as a poem, it can get quite forgettable after a while and I was having doubts so I took this down to four stars.

    9. This story is loosely based on the tale of Elaine of Astolat, and of her love for Lancelot, which in this poem brings upon her a curse that leaves her dead. Arthurian legends defined my childhood, so it is only basic that such a poem would mark me. The Lady cannot look upon the people, so she stares through a mirror at the road and sees Lancelot, and falls in love with him, her desire to go after him, but most importantly break free, dooms her."Under tower and balcony, By garden wall and gallery [...]

    10. Lanetlendiği için Camelot'un yüksek kulelerinden birine hapsedilen bir kadını anlatır. Kadının kuleden dışarı bakması kesinlikle yasaktır, eğer dışarı çıkarsa ya da pencereden bakarsa ölecektir.Tek avuntusu kulenin duvarına asılı olan bir aynanın gösterdikleridir. Bazen güneşli bir sabahta göğe uzanan sazları, bazen de iki aşık çiftin el ele dolaşmalarını izler.Sonra günlerden bir gün şovalyelerin gelişini görür. Başlarında Sir Lancelot vardır. Sir La [...]

    11. Mysterious, full of life, beauty, colors, and of passion: The Lady of Shalott is one of the most beautiful poems I've ever read. The skilful hands of painter John William Waterhouse -through his collection of paintings illustrating this tale- were the first to make me acquainted with the poem, and then there was Loreena Mckennitt's wonderful lyrical cover of the ballad. Thus the myth of The Lady of Shalott combines my favourite three forms of sublime art: poetry, music, and painting. The descrip [...]

    12. This poem has left me with a calm melancholy. Beauty, art, deprivation, infatuation, and a tragic liberating ending, it has it all. I read the scanned papers of a beautiful edition by Mead Dodd with splendid illustrations, published in 1881. It elevated the poetry to a whole different level. This ballad, in my opinion deals with human nature, its needs and longings. The Lady of Shalott is a woman who's under a curse that she knows nothing about its cause. Forced to see the world in a two dimensi [...]

    13. The quote Van Halen (if I'm allowed) "How do you know when it's love?"Well, with Tennyson is very simple. Read "Ulysses" and you're done. Then you might as well read "The Lady of Shallot", which I did, and now I need an edition that collects all his work.As I said - simple.P.S. "All Things Will Die" is ❤

    14. The entire poem is given in the description and I just read it twice. Here is the tragedy of love. The tragedy of weaving your world the way you expect it to be. The desire to risk everything you have for the want of that fleeting moment. The curse of seeing the world through something else then your own eyes. The mark on your possessions so that everyone would know who you were when you are gone. The fatal nature of the very thing that you always wanted to have the most.The recognition gained b [...]

    15. I haven't seen this illustrated version, I'll have to find it. For anyone who really likes this poem, I recommend picking up a critical edition such as Ricks' Tennyson, which shows changes the poet made, sometimes even after the original publication. Mostly notably, in earlier versions of the poem the Lady arrives still alive before the knights and makes a declaration before dying; this was later changed to the standard version where she arrives already deceased and "has a lovely face."

    16. I'm bored at work and was just messing around when I happened upon this. Low and behold, the entire poem is in the description. Take a few minutes out of your day and read this beautiful poem. I guarantee you'll want to take a few minutes out of a few more days to read it again. Arthurian legends are so full of adventure and intrigue that they are near irresistible in and of themselves, but turn prose to verse and you suddenly have something else entirely more magical (like one of my other favo [...]

    17. This is Anne of Green Gables favorite poem!! And it's one of my favorites as well! Willows whiten, aspens shiver. The sunbeam showers break and quiver In the stream that runneth ever By the island in the riverFlowing down to Camelot. Four gray walls, and four gray towers Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent isle imbowersThe Lady of Shalott.

    18. I am half sick of shadows," said The Lady of Shalott.Oh my goodness I loved this so much! I haven't read much poetry, but this was stunning. I want to reread it right now. And maybe daily until I've memorized itAbsolutely lovely.

    19. this poem is everything I like, myth and a pretty lady, curse and deathd BTW, search for the reading of this poem in YouTube. this woman sang it prettily and also thr video is really soothing.

    20. The poem is an wonderful example of word-painting by the most appropriate successor of Wordsworth to the position of Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson. That the poem is the manifestation of the poet's mere fascination of a medieval lore, far away from his immediate world, can be safely snubbed through proper and minute analysis. The poem may be said to bear three principal themes. The first and the most popular is that it states how an artist's vision is shattered by a callous world. The secon [...]

    21. “She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces through the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She look'd down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror crack'd from side to side; "The curse is come upon me," cried The Lady of Shalott.”

    22. I want to warn you that if someone offers you the choice of this book or a box of chocolate, you might want to take the book. It is lovely, filled with luminous pastel art, front to back. Seriously the kind of edition you want to tuck under your pillow like you did when you were little. I got it out last night and reread it and just thought I would post it in case some one is looking for a last minute gift for someone.Enjoy.

    23. 1982I think I like it more as I get older, and see it quoted all over the place. The lines are lovely, the rhythm soothing, even if there's not much there. I think it's funny that Lancelot is described, but not The Lady.

    24. A beautiful, sad poem. I love the black and White illustrations by Charles Keeping, but a bit evocative for children.

    25. Beautiful language in the retelling of an episode from the Arthurian tales, where a lady was ensconced in a castle. Fearing that a curse would befall her should she gaze outside the window, she weaves tapestries of scenes from the outside world as seen through a mirror. As always with such tales, she does succumb to the temptations of the world (or perhaps actively decided to engage with it) beyond her window and perishes as a result. Tennyson's poem captures the turning point of the fateful dec [...]

    26. The Lady Of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson.The poem was calm at first, telling about the setting of it and the Lady. Not many lines, few lines that make a picture in your head. Later, more comes, and the lady is no moreThis is NOT a review, I dunno what to sayOnly reapers, reaping early, In among the bearded barley Hear a song that echoes cheerly From the river winding clearly; All in the blue unclouded weather Thick-jewell'd shone the saddle-leather, The helmet and the helmet-feather Burn'd li [...]

    27. It's Shakespeare week and I'm reading Tennyson because Shakespeare is too mainstream. Nah, kidding! I'm reading Blood, milk and chocolate 2 and author Cameron Jace references This poem so I checked it out. Luckily, I found a website with the whole text and seeing that I can read it in one sitting I did just that. I read it. In one sitting. Right here and right now. It introduced me to new facet of the Arthurian mythos. One I knew nothing about. And it introduced me to a new poet. Lady Shalott si [...]

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