The Lady of Shalott


Underneath the bearded barley,
The reaper, reaping late and early,
Hears her ever chanting cheerly,
Like an angel, singing clearly
O’er the stream of Camelot.
Piling the sheaves in furrows airy,
Beneath the moon, the reaper weary
Listening whispers, ‘ Tis the fairy,
Lady of Shalott.’

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13 thoughts on “The Lady of Shalott

    1. And the title of this one from the poem’ I am half sick of shadows,’
      said the Lady of Shalott
      I am sure any child would learn to love poetry if they were introduced via this poem and Waterhouse’s work.

        1. Yes I remember being very taken with it and it showed all those tricky concepts like rhythm and metre and onomatapoeia. I was very proud of myself for understanding that.

  1. This was one of my favourite poems when I was a schoolgirl. I still get a thrill from the line ‘the mirror cracke’d from side to side’.

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