The Lady of Shalott
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Part 4, Lines 145-153 Summary
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
Heard a carol, mournful, holy,
Chanted loudly, chanted lowly,
- The song she sings is haunting, sometimes soft, and sometimes loud.
- The poem's speaker really focuses his attention on this moment, helping us to imagine and almost hear the Lady's last song.
Till her blood was frozen slowly,
And her eyes were darkened wholly,
Turned to towered Camelot.
- Then, as she sings and floats, the lady starts to change. Her blood slowly freezes and her eyes grow dark.
- The poem doesn't come out and say it, but these must be the effects of the curse we've heard so much about.
For ere she reached upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott.
- Here's the sad part. Before she reaches the first house in Camelot, the Lady of Shalott dies.
- The poem is careful to point out that she died singing, that her death and the end of her song were part of the same event.