The Lady Of Shalott

The Lady Of Shalott

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by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Keith Seddon, Jocelyn Almond

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The third book in the Visions in Poetry series explores Tennyson's enigmatic poem of unrequited love, luminously illustrated by Genevi?ve C?t?.  See more details below


The third book in the Visions in Poetry series explores Tennyson's enigmatic poem of unrequited love, luminously illustrated by Genevi?ve C?t?.

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Children's Literature
Tennyson's poem, first published in 1832, marked the beginning of his fascination with the Arthurian legends and his vast influence on writers and painters of the Victorian era. Inspired by a 14th-century Italian novella, The Lady of Shalott is distinguished by its luxurious images, its skillful use of rhyme, and its rhythmic, almost hypnotic repetition of the words "Shalott" and "Camelot." Critics have speculated that the poet was commenting on the circumscribed lives of women of his day, or perhaps on the fate of the isolated artist, or even on the passage from life to death. Canadian artist Cote has used wispy, crayon-like lines, sky blues and warm browns to delineate the maiden and the sights she glimpses in her mirror, with stark black dramatizing Lancelot's appearance, the cracking of the mirror, and the dark river on which the lady floats in a sort of chrysalis, freed as a butterfly by death. What can it mean to young adults of today? Knights wearing leather coats and driving Edwardian motorcars may spark discussion on the relevance of the poem to Tennyson's own time; sinister reapers in sunglasses and the casual acceptance of the lady's death may suggest a link with ours. For the connection with women, artists, and death, interested teens might like to read A Circle of Sisters by Judith Flanders and look at some Pre-Raphaelite depictions of Arthurian characters. Or they might want just to enjoy its elegant and ethereal evocation of temps passe, whether Arthur's or Tennyson's. 2005, KCP Poetry/Kids Can, Ages 13 up.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up The beauty and mystery of Tennyson's poem are reflected in the black-and-white, simple line and wash drawings of this master British illustrator. Through fluid, delicate line, readers see the causeway path to Shalott streaming with villagers and carters; passing knights; reapers in moonlit fields. Then the enigmatic lady is shown, as is her bolting outside after the dazzling Lancelot has passed in her mirror. The stormy skies at nightfall and the wind streaming her hair are wonderfully felt. The illustrations have a muted earthiness that helps place the pictured events in the realm of fancy; the unknowing Lancelot's few words of sympathy add the grace note to the close, where Keeping's cluster of knights' faces seem more human than traditionally heroic. The endpapers view the lady from above, lying in the boat as ``singing in her song she died.'' Several typos mar the text, but where a single illustrated poem can be used, this is a good if stark production. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library, Tex.
Kirkus Reviews
Cote's illustrations catch the haunting tone of Tennyson's Arthurian lyric, while adding several original touches. Weaving "a magic web of colours gay," the Lady lives in happy isolation in a tower until she catches a glimpse of Lancelot-activating a curse that sends her lifeless body drifting downriver to Camelot. In the sketchy, modernist art, medieval passersby mix with more contemporary ones on the road below Shalott, traveling toward Camelot's high-rise skyline by horse or automobile. And Lancelot cuts a stylish figure, wearing a long duster rather than armor, and goggles pushed up on a plumed hat. Cote also adds a brighter ending: After Lancelot's closing observation that, even in death, "she has a lovely face," a small figure rises on butterfly wings over the city. A classic poem, in an unconventional but sensitive and suitable setting. Includes long notes on poem and illustrator. (Poetry. 10-15)
Washington Post
Though the poem traditionally takes us on a woman’s tragic journey toward death, the artist sees it as a happy journey toward independence.
Cote’s quiet line-and-watercolor and pastel artwork opens up the story, preserving the romance and mystery.
The Globe and Mail
[Limpid and lovely.

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0.15(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

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Charles Keeping was the two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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Lady of Shalott 2.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay the text was just a lot of jibberish. But the pictures were reallly pretty.But if you look reallly closelt at the pictures you can make out the poem.
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Jennifer Newman More than 1 year ago
Gibberish version, worthless.
Neal Wellons More than 1 year ago
Gibberish text.
Char Leon Mary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Having read the poem before I can say I love it. However the rating is for this certain download. The text is all numbers and letters and its all gibberish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
marie55 More than 1 year ago
the translation is just random letters but the pictures are pretty
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite poem! I have memorized it and can say that it is a work of art. If you like this poem I can also suggest 'A great and terrible beauty' and 'Anne of green gables'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there a place called Shalott?