The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson and Lady of Shalott by Liz Loched

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The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson and Lady of Shalott by Liz Loched

In this essay I will compare and contrast the two poems, "The lady of Shalott" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and "Lady of Shalott" by Liz Lochhed. The two poems have very similar ideas and themes but are written in two very different styles. "The Lady of Shalott" is set in medieval times and is about a young woman trapped in a tower. She cannot leave the tower or even look out the window, as she believes that if she does a curse will come upon her. So she sits in her tower weaving and watching the people outside using a mirror. "Lady of Shalott", the second poem is set in the 20th century and is about a teenage girl getting ready for a
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It goes on to tell you about the lady weaving the people she sees into her pictures and about the Lady at the end becoming sick of just sitting watching people enjoying their lives and her not enjoying hers. "I'm half sick of shadows," she says.

The third part of the poem is different from the first two. The sentences do not flow in the same way and we get short, fast descriptions of Lancelot which show how happy the Lady is to see him and builds up the excitement. A lot of the words used to describe Lancelot are words, which imply he is the Lady's "knight in shining armour", "dazzling", "sparkled" and "flamed" are all examples. Lancelot is described as if he doesn't have a care in the world, which is the total opposite of the Lady. In the last verse the pace speeds up and a lot of rhyme is used which works very effectively to create a feeling of drama and something happening. "She left the web, she left the loom."

The last part of the poem is about the Lady dying and is quite sad. The verses flow again but the mood of the poem is much sadder and gloomier. It has a kind of disappointing end when Lancelot finds the Lady. Even though she fell in love with him at first sight and died because of it, all he could say about her was that she had a pretty face. "She has a lovely face" Overall the poem is quite sad as the Lady lived and died as a very lonely person. She

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