💛 1832’s The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson
💛 Tennyson uses the Lady of Shalott to reflect the inner struggle of an artist locked away in their own world, absorbed in their own artwork & unmindful of the people around them.
💛 The Lady knows that some sort of “curse” has been laid upon her, though she doesn’t know:
“what the curse may be”.
💛 She watches the world through the reflection in her mirror & expresses her growing dissatisfaction with mere reflection of the world.
“I am sick of the shadows”
“her mirror cracks from side to side”
She then turns and screams:
“the curse has come upon me”
💛 Many believe Tennyson was struggling with including more political and worldly ideas into his storytelling. Fearful that his writings would lose some of their magical qualities.
💛 Some fault the lady as weak, but she does enter the real world, at a very high cost to herself. “She has such a lovely face; God in his mercy lend her grace, the Lady Shalott”.
LinkedinCreators: Do your storytelling and your art lose something when you pursue social or romantic issues at the same time? Can they be balanced?💛 Tennyson makes us look to our inner selves for answers.