For example, the Lady of Shallot dies when she looks beyond her inner world, Mariana lives in constant sadness over her departed lover, and Tithonus lives forever in an agony worse than death.
I felt the subtext here might be more about deliberately choosing a relationshipthat you know will fail rather than loneliness.
-- story from Malory
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Why the Ladywas Cursed -- poem by a precocious girl age 10.
The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson: Summary, Poem …
If you know the story from Dante, you remember thatUlysses and all his crew drowned.Here are some more interesting things to notice about "The Lady of Shalott":
BBC - Higher Bitesize English - Techniques : Revision, …
Partisans of the Religious Right can point out thedangers of the occult, how the Lady was disobedient to some higherauthority by seeking out sexual experience,how a good person stays aloof from the world, etc., etc.Partisans of the politically-correct Left can talk abouthow chivalry supposedly idealized women in order to confine and oppress them.Partisans of scientific naturalism can discuss Tennyson asthe great poet of Darwin's era, giving brilliantexpression in his laterworks all the religious doubts of the by-then post-Christian world.