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The Lady of Shalott
by Alfred Tennyson 70/84
Poetry for ages 12 to 99 published by Oxford University Press
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
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Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
A beautiful woman kept prisoner in a tower who brings a terrible curse upon herself.
What happens?
The poem is set in the time of King Author and the tower where the Lady is kept is not far from Camelot. She must never look out of the window or her room and so uses a mirror to see what is going on outside. She spends her days weaving on her tapestry loom and so the years of her life pass by. Then one day Sir Lancelot rides into her mirror and she falls in love with him, forgetting the curse she runs to the window to see him properly and in doing so releases the terrible fate upon herself.
Is it easy to read?
A long poem, written in a repeated rhyming form between the names of Camelot and Shallot. Some of the language is obviously not used any more but these words can be understood with some thought or help from someone else.
Anything else?
A tragically beautiful poem that never loses any of it's haunting mystery or poignant sadness. Personally I always want to give Lancelot a good kicking when I read this.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
This haunting poem has been prepared in a fully illustrated volume.
And what do you think?
Tracey Webb, The Astley Cooper School ( Hemel Hempstead )
I read this book with my English teacher, at school and I thin, this book is a good book because, you have to try to find out the, story your self because it is a poem. This is a very good read and recommend it to anyone up for a challenge
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