She lives with little joy or fear ~ Poetry

Evening all! Today I’m doing something a little different. I’m going to tell you all about my favourite poems!
All of them are by different people from different times, but I found them all in the one place! I have a few that I like so I thought I’d make this a series. I’ve picked my top 3 to share with you and I might do all of them, I’m not sure yet!

Firstly, I’d like to give you some back story as to where all of these poems came from. I found a TV show called Beauty and the Beast which is from the 80’s (not the new one, we won’t talk about that one). In it, the ‘beast’, Vincent, lives in the tunnels under New York. The best way I can think to describe this place to you is to say it’s like Velaris in ACOMAF. Everyone there is friendly, there’s music, love, reading, art, and a general happiness you can’t escape. When I found this TV show, I was extremely stressed with school and my mental health was a bit rocky and the show, strange as it may sound, helped a lot with making me feel better. It was there when I needed somewhere to escape to, and the thought of the Tunnels being somewhere I could go and do all the things I love, and not be judged for it made me feel a lot better. This show has a cult following and a CD of the soundtrack. Some of the songs include poetry read by Vincent, some of them were read on the show, and he has the most relaxing voice. I could listen to him read me the terms and conditions for Facebook!
I should warn you, I’ve never tried to interpret these poems, I just enjoy them at face value. I think studying poems in class turned me off ever doing that again, even if I did like my teacher! I obviously have my own thoughts and feelings about each poem, but I don’t think they, for example, used the colour blue to symbolise depression! I won’t go into my thoughts on the poems too much, as poems can be interpreted in many different ways and I don’t want to influence your thoughts in any way.

For week one I have picked a pretty well-known poem and that is:

The Lady of Shallot ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

This poem was in my favourite episode from season 2: When the Blue Bird Sings. Actually, it’s probably my favourite episode out of all the series. It’s quite a long poem, so I’ve only included the part that was in the episode (as it’s my favourite) but I do love all of it:

unnamedThis photo was taken from A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I don’t know what it is about this poem, but it’s really beautiful; especially if you read the whole thing. It’s about a maiden in a tower and should she look at Camelot directly, she will be cursed. Instead, she looks at it through a mirror, all the while weaving a magic web. I would tell you more but I honestly think you should go read it for yourselves and it doesn’t take a long time to read. I think I like this one because it’s like a story, you don’t need to delve too deep into the meaning of this one because you can enjoy it without looking at the reasons they chose a specific word.
This stance, specifically, has great meaning to the TV show which is probably why I love it so much. Obviously, these lovers are hiding which indicates forbidden love and, as a YA lover, I’m a sucker for a good forbidden romance! But I think Alfred Lord Tennyson is one of my favourite poets. I was so jealous when my friend in another English class got to do one of his poems!

This poem is just lovely, it’s easy to see why it is Tennyson’s most popular!
Have you read this poem or seen this show? If so, let me know in the comments what you thought of them, I’d love to learn other people’s interpretations!

Until next time,

Rhi xx

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