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The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson was the inspiration for the painting of the same name by John William Waterhouse here ⇒. The poem was loosely based upon the tragic Arthurian legend of Elaine of Astolat ⇒.  There is an 1833 version and an 1842 version of the poem.  This is the latter.

The poem includes the phrase “The mirror crack’d from side to side” which was used for the title of a Miss Marple murder mystery by Agatha Christie.

10 responses

  1. I read every one of Agatha’s mysteries as a child, most more than once, then thankfully rather sad, I found Dick Francis. I still adore Agatha and Miss Marple. I even like Detective Poirot. I had no idea her “Mirror Cracked” came from Tennyson. The poem is epic, but I know Waterhouse’s paintings better, so magical, mytistical and lyrical. They are very hard to categorize, but instantly recognizeable.
    Fascinating post Graham.

    Liked by 1 person

    April 1, 2016 at 06:08

    • Glad you enjoyed. I think I like the picture more than the poem, maybe. Waterhouse’s work is certainly very evocative. 🙂


      April 1, 2016 at 10:49

  2. I find myself somewhat spoilt by other works – reading this I keep thinking of “Anne of Green Gables” and the teenage girls putting on a performance of Lady of Shalott and getting into some strife in water with untamed currents :)))

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    April 1, 2016 at 10:12

    • I never read Anne of Green Gables, but teenage girls getting into some strife in water with untamed currents rings a distant metaphorical bell. Oh the carnage 🙂 🙂 🙂


      April 1, 2016 at 11:09

  3. Reblogged this on IdealisticRebel's Daily View of Favorites and commented:
    Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs, Barbara


    December 21, 2016 at 20:00

  4. Good posts, beautiful blog.
    Welcome to see my creations:


    March 7, 2017 at 15:52

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