An Analysis Of Alfred Lord Tennyson 's ' The Lady Of Shalott '

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Literary Structure

Look at that structure! No, not that building, but that story that you are reading. Most people go through a book without ever realizing that there some form of structure to it. Without these structures there would be no story for you to read. These structures are not just found in stories, but also in poems. Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott” tells a story about a woman who is cursed. Her curse is that she can never look out of the window of her tower, but one day she hears a man singing. Upon this she breaks the curse and has to see who is behind the voice. Doing this the Lady of Shalott, unknowingly signs her own death certificate and dies before ever knowing who the man was. Tennyson sets this story in the time period of the renaissance. The man that drove her to break her curse was the one and only Sir Lancelot, one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table. The structure that Tennyson uses varies immensely. The Structure of Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” starts when he chose to write it as a poem, the speaker is in third person, and the rhyme scheme that he chose. Initially, the structure of Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” starts when he chose to write it as a poem. Since Tennyson chose to tell his story through the form of a poem it takes a whole new meaning. If he had chosen to write it as a short story it would not have the same effects that it does. As a poem it gains a different type of respect of the time…

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