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Syntax in The Lady of Shalott

Syntax Examples in The Lady of Shalott:

Text of the Poem

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"golden Galaxy..."   (Text of the Poem)

This section is devoted almost entirely to a physical description of Sir Lancelot. It employs extensive alliteration and parallelism, beginning with the very first line, “A bow-shot from her bower-eaves,” and seen here in the alliterations of “golden Galaxy,” “bridle bells,” and “blazoned baldric.” The continued repetition of consonants, syntactic constructions, and even entire words throughout this section gives it a deeply musical quality, surpassing that of the rest of the poem.

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