Beneath a willow left afloat,
And around about the prow she wrote
The Lady of Shalott."
A few years ago it was turned into the lyrics of a wonderful song composed and performed by Loreena Mc Kennitt
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU_Tn-HxULM(live performance by McKennitt at the Juno Awards, short version).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw_cZGrVFqw(long version, still shots only).
Also, for the next few weeks, 50% of the proceeds toward purchase of the DVD from the amazing WAG Screen production of The Lady of Shalott will go toward helping Stephanie's family.
For those of you who don't know the poem, here is a synopsis by Julie Bismarck:
"The Lady of Shalott lives in an island castle in a river which flows to Camelot, but little is known about her by the local farmers. She has been cursed, and so she must constantly weave a magic web without looking directly out at the world. Instead, she looks into a mirror which reflects the busy road and the people of Camelot which pass by her island. One day, "bold Sir Lancelot" rides past, and is seen by the lady. She stops weaving and looks out her window toward Camelot, bringing about the curse. She leaves her tower, finds a boat upon which she writes her name, and floats down the river to Camelot. She dies before arriving at the palace. Among the knights and ladies who see her is Lancelot, who thinks she is lovely:
Inspiration for the visual imagery came from the many Pre-Raphaelite paintings that the poem inspired, but most especially the paintings of the artist John William Waterhouse. We also filmed the reading of the poem by Tennyson to an after dinner audience at Christmas 1856. These are now all available on DVD:
- The Lady of Shalott dramatisation (14 minutes)
- Tennyson reading The Lady of Shalott (9 minutes)
- Conversation between Ben Poole (Tennyson) and Grace Timmins (Tennyson Research Centre) (16 minutes)
- Dante Ferrara – La Donna di Shalott, music video (4 minutes)Buy the Lady of Shalott DVD for a special cause!
Victoria Rigby is the Lady of Shalott. And she depicts the Lady of Shalott as if she were alive! ...she is a stunner...and a great discovery by the film makers, who have done a great resemblance with the Waterhouse's famous painting, no doubt of it !