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What are the main themes in Alfred Lord Tennysons The Lady of Shalottand how are they presentedAlfred Lord Tennyson was born in Somersby Lincolnshire on August6 1809 It was his father Reverend George Tennyson who initiallyeducated him and recognised his poetic abilities whilst he was stillin his early teens Tennyson wrote The Devil and the Lady when hewas just fourteen The atmosphere in which Tennyson was raised wasone of bitterness and relative poverty Tennyson lived an extremelytroubled life the death of his friend Arthur Hallam shocked him mostprofoundly This grief led to most of his best poetry being writtenincluding In Memoriam It was the success of this and other poems thatled to him being appointed as Poet Laureate in 1850 He was finallyestablished as the most popular poet of the Victorian era and wrote morethan a hundred poems before his death in October 1892 In this essay Iintend to look closely at his poem The Lady of ShalottTennyson wrote The Lady of Shalott in 1832 An example of Arthurianliterature it tells the story of a woman who lives in isolation in atower on an island called Shalott In this poem Tennyson is very muchthe Romantic poet he admired in Keats and Shelley The Lady who couldnot be more unattainable perfectly embodies the Victorian image of theideal woman virginal mysterious and dedicated to her womanly tasks Acurse has been put upon her meaning that she must stay in the tower andnot look down to the nearby town of Camelot The Lady of Shalott containsvarious different themes and ideas which I feel that Tennyson conveys tothe reader through the vivid descriptions and images that he uses Hiskeen interest in narrative is displayed in his poems which tend to beromantic and provide an escape to a simpler happier world The Lady ofShalott and the poems within Idylls of the King take place in medievalEngland and capture a world of knights in shining armour and theirdamsels in distressThe Lady
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