05 August 2009

The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott, a painting by J.W. Waterhouse (1888). The painting is based on a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson of the same title. This influential poem was also made into a song by Loreena McKennit.
The Lady of Shalott, cursed, is bound to an island castle. Eternally weaving a magic web, she can only view the world as it is reflected in her mirror.

And moving through a mirror clear
That hangs before her all the year,
Shadows of the world appear.

This is as far as I am willing to take you. The poem will take you further to where the story ends and the painting begins.

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