What Is The Mood Of The Lady Of Shalott

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“The Lady of Shalott” is one of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s more famous ballads. An English poet, his work generally consisted of Arthurian subject matter based on medieval stories. With an 1833 and an 1842 version, the second is most commonly known. “The Lady of Shalott” is by far my favorite of Tennyson’s poems. Through its use of an intriguing conflict, imagery, unusual vocabulary, and rhyme and repetition, “The Lady of Shalott” is both entertaining and memorable for the reader.
In the poem, a young maiden sits alone in her tower overlooking Camelot. For hours on end, she weaves colorful tapestries while singing beautiful songs. However, if she were to look out the window, a curse would come upon her. Not knowing what that curse may be, she …show more content…

It intrigues the reader, making them want to know what the curse is and what happens next. While the conflict is unrealistic, it makes the reader feel The Lady of Shalott’s emotions as she can only see the world through its shadow. There must be somewhat of an internal struggle as she tries to live calmly, not even knowing for sure if the curse is real. It is never explained how this supposed curse came to be and what happened prior, adding on even more to the creepy mood. Tennyson did an amazing job at creating a conflict that would keep the one reading …show more content…

Each stanza has nine lines that are written with a rhyme scheme of a-a-a-a-b-c-c-c-b. For one thing, “The Lady of Shalott” is a ballad. The rhyming throughout is used in a musical way. In fact, there is a lovely song adaptation by Loreena McKennitt. I strongly encourage listening to it. ‘The Lady of Shalott’ is often repeated at the last line. I believe that is used to emphasize the dark and creepy side of the poem. Every time that is repeated, I just get a feeling of sadness for The Lady of Shalott. The way the author uses repetition to tug at the emotions is just phenomenal. That is one sure sign that you are reading a great poem. To demonstrate both of these elements being used, I will choose my absolute favorite stanza in the entire

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