Word Wide Web?

Out flew the web and floated wide;

the mirror crack´d from side to side;

“The curse is come upon me”, cried

The Lady of Shalott


Alfred Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott (1842)



Sorry, just couldn´t help it. I have taught Dickens and Tennyson for several weeks, and it all ended in a four-day project about the Victorian Era, planned by the Danish, English and history teachers. We enjoyed it very much, and it seemed as if even the students appreciated our efforts.

And “The Lady of Shalott” has been my favourite poem for ages.



About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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9 Responses to Word Wide Web?

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Dorte – Oh, very clever! 🙂 Well-done!

  2. Patti Abbott says:

    I adore the Pre-Raphalite paintings and such a lovely poem to accompany.

  3. I love the Lady of Shalott and it’s brilliant the way you tied it to the www! Thanks for a weekend smile. 🙂

  4. Barbara says:

    Curses! Her computer crashed! 😀

  5. Margot: I am sure you also love the way words change.
    Patti: Waterhouse´s paintings are wonderful, and my students did enjoy one of the tasks: I asked them to compare this picture to his picture of her in white, floating down the river. It is so clear that there are various ways of interpreting the character.
    Cathryn: you have a good taste.
    Barbara: yes, that must be it 😉

  6. Kelly says:

    No apologies necessary…I loved this! The picture you included is wonderful! 🙂

  7. Kelly: well, if Tennyson had lived today, he would probably have written some brilliant crime stories for us 🙂

  8. Cathy says:

    One of my favorite lines is “I am half-sick of shadows,” said the Lady of Shalott– and that’s the title of this Waterhouse painting. Poetry and painting can be a lethal combination.

  9. Cathy: that line is also brilliant – but then the whole poem is 🙂

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