The Lady Of Shalott
is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). Running to 19 stanzas, it was written in 1832 and published 10 years later. It is believed to be based on the Arthurian legend of Elaine Of Astolat
(also known as The Maid Of Astolat
) who died of a broken heart for the unrequited love of a knight.
With her fascination for all things Celtic and mythical, it is hardly surprising that Loreena McKennitt would have set it to music. Running to 11 minutes 34 seconds, it is the fourth track on the 1991 album The Visit
Alexander Baron - London, England