Lancelot and Elaine, The Lady of Shalott.

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Lancelot, Elaine, Lady Shalott. Alfred Tennyson. Victorian era. Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Lancelot and Elaine, The Lady of Shalott.

Lancelot and Elaine.

ELAINE the fair, Elaine the lovable,
Elaine the lily maid of Astolat,
High in her chamber up a tower to the East
Guarded the sacred shield of Lancelot.

* * * * *

How came the lily maid by that good shield
Of Lancelot, she that knew not even his name?
He left it with her, when he went to tilt
For the great diamond in the diamond jousts
Which Arthur had ordain’d, and by that name
Had named them, since a diamond was the prize.

Tennyson’s “Elaine, The Lady of Shalott.”

Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-1892) was an English poet of the Victorian era. His poems often thematized the English mythology (eg. The Arthurian legend in Idylls of the king 1859) and History (eg. The charge of the Light Brigade). They offered a wide variety of content templates for the Victorian art movements of the 19th century, such as the Aesthetic movement, the Arts and Crafts movement, which ended in Art Nouveau later, and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, especially themed The Lady of Shalott again.

The Lady of Shalott is a ballad in four parts on the legendary figure of Elaine from the Arthurian romance, which Alfred Tennyson published in 1832 and revised for his poetry collection Poems of 1842. The theme of the poem has been interpreted many and has developed a strong effect in the visual arts as well as other authors. For the interpretation of the ballad, there are several approaches that relate to the position of the artist or the women in society.

Note:  Romantic era knitted dresses. Hairstyles & Flowers, 1846.

Lancelot (Launcelot or; French: Lancelot du Lac, English: Lancelot of the Lake, German: Sir Lancelot) is a legendary figure of the medieval Arthurian romances. His life was described differently depending on the narrator. Really important for the history of literature was created during the first third of the 13th century extensive Old French prose romances Lancelot en prose.

From the book: Character sketches of romance, fiction and the drama by Rev. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, 1892. A revised American edition of the readers handbook. Edited by Marion Harland. Free eBook, Amazon


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Auguste Racinet. The Costume History by Françoise Tétart-Vittu.

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