Why “The Lady of Shalott?”

Alfred Lord Tennyson


Sir Lancelot. A knight chivalrous, but unabashedly oblivious. He is infamous as a knight of Camelot and lover of King Arthur’s wife Guinevere . If you’re interested I definitely recommend reading Tennyson’s Idylls of the King,Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere as well as watching BBC One’s TV Series Merlin. There is also a scene in L.M. Montgomery’s series Anne of Green Gables where Anne enacts The Lady of Shalott and must be rescued by Gilbert.

“Queen of the Tournament” by Herbert Draper [Guinevere and Lancelot]

In The Lady of Shalott, Sir Lancelot errs again though through no fault of his own. The accursed Lady of Shalott sets eyes on our knight and, overcome at the sight of him, leaves her place at the loom, thus damning herself to die.

I also reccomend the site LIT GENIUS: http://lit.genius.com/ for trusted annotation of poetry and prose alike.

Go read Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott   LINK HERE:http://genius.com/Alfred-lord-tennyson-the-lady-of-shalott-annotated

 DON’T FEAR THE REAPER (Blue Oyster Cult 1976):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClQcUyhoxTg
Beneath the moon, the reaper weary
Listening whispers, ‘ ‘Tis the fairy,
       Lady of Shalott.’

‘I am half sick of shadows,’ said

The Lady of Shalott.

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