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Topic Creative writing / art

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The Lady of Shallott

Started by Anonymous on 03 July 2013 at 16:59
Edited on 03 July 2013 at 17:06

My new profile picture is 'The Lady of Shallott' by John Waterhouse. I've chosen the picture because I love Waterhouse's paintings and I love Tennyson's poem of the same name (the poem came first). As it is such a long poem, I couldn't possibly put it all on here, so I'm just posting the first part.

 

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye, 
That clothe the wold and meet the sky; 
And thro' the field the road runs by 
To many-tower'd Camelot; 
And up and down the people go, 
Gazing where the lilies blow 
Round an island there below, 
The island of Shalott. 

Willows whiten, aspens quiver, 
Little breezes dusk and shiver 
Thro' the wave that runs for ever 
By the island in the river 
Flowing down to Camelot. 
Four gray walls, and four gray towers, 
Overlook a space of flowers, 
And the silent isle imbowers 
The Lady of Shalott. 

By the margin, willow-veil'd 
Slide the heavy barges trail'd 
By slow horses; and unhail'd 
The shallop flitteth silken-sail'd 
Skimming down to Camelot: 
But who hath seen her wave her hand? 
Or at the casement seen her stand? 
Or is she known in all the land, 
The Lady of Shalott? 

Only reapers, reaping early 
In among the bearded barley, 
Hear a song that echoes cheerly 
From the river winding clearly, 
Down to tower'd Camelot: 
And by the moon the reaper weary, 
Piling sheaves in uplands airy, 
Listening, whispers "'Tis the fairy 
Lady of Shalott." 

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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