Lady of Shallot

Class Starter
Copy Q’s 1-4.  Skip 2-3 lines for your answers.
Study the painting by English painter John Waterhouse (1888) and answer the following questions.

1.What moment in the story has the artist depicted?

2.Describe the mood of the woman in the boat.

3.How has the artist focused attention on the lady?

4.What is she sitting on in the boat?

The Lady of Shallot is a poem written by English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.  Like his poem “Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere” the poem is set in the time of King Arthur and is based on a medieval myth.

The Lady of Shallot is a poem written by English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Like his poem “Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere” the poem is set in the time of King Arthur and is based on a medieval myth.

The poem tells the story of a girl living in a tower of a castle on the fairy-tale island of Shalott. All day long she weaves tapestry pictures-images of the colorful world passing by her window. However, she is not allowed to the outside world only through its reflections in a mirror near her spinning wheel.  She is forbidden by some vague curse to look directly out her window.

One day the knight, Sir Lancelot of Camelot, rides by and she dares to look out her window at him and downstream to Camelot. Quickly she leaves her tower, she finds an open boat chained to the riverbank, and tries to sail to Camelot.

However, the curse claims her, and she soon dies in the drifting boat. Her body is found by the townspeople of Camelot.

However, the curse claims her, and she soon dies in the drifting boat. Her body is found by the townspeople of Camelot.

 

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I teach World History, Civics, AP Psychology, and AP Government at West Bladen High School.
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