Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria’s reign and remains one of the most popular British poets.
The Lady of Shalott is one of Tennyson’s most famous poems. Its setting is medieval, during the days of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
The Lady of Shalott is a magical being who lives alone on an island upstream from King Arthur’s Camelot. Her business is to look at the world outside her castle window through a mirror, and to weave what she sees into a tapestry. She is forbidden to look at the outside world directly.
Part I of the poem sets the scene.