Essay on The Lady Of Shalott By Lord Tennyson

1251 Words Dec 11th, 2015 6 Pages
Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem “The Lady of Shalott” is a Victoria Age balled. The poem is set during the dark ages of England under the rule of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The setting is in a small town of Shalott just down the road from the famous town of Camelot. Tennyson writes “The Lady of Shalott” using symbolism, imagery, and allegory opening the minds of readers into a storybook fairy tale. “The Lady of Shalott” gives readers a sense of mystery, magic, wonder, love, and tragedy all in one. Tennyson used the mystery and wonder of Camelot to create another story that is not all about King Arthur rather the struggles of others within the kingdom.
Lord Tennyson uses symbolism not only to paint a picture for the audience but to also tie the poem together. Some symbolism is more important than others however it all contributes to the story and gives readers something to imagine in their heads while reading. The river is very symbolic to Tennyson’s poem. Readers are first introduced to the river and that becomes the first image of the story. The river places a symbolic role, in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. “Through the wave, that runs for ever by the island in the river.” (Tennyson 499) It is here in the poem where we see just how important the river is to the story. The wave of the river runs by this island of Shalott forever. A wave is an endless amount of water that constantly churns and pulls. This river however eventually pulls The…

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