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The Lady of the Lake

Sir Walter Scott

Book Overview: 

The scene of the following Poem is laid chiefly in the vicinity of Loch Katrine, in the Western Highlands of Perthshire. The time of Action includes Six Days, and the transactions of each Day occupy a Canto.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .For the fell Cross of blood and brand? And must the day so blithe that rose, And promised rapture in the close, Before its setting hour, divide The bridegroom from the plighted bride? O fatal doom'—it must! it must! Clan-Alpine's cause, her Chieftain's trust, Her summons dread, brook no delay; Stretch to the race,—away! away! XXII. Yet slow he laid his plaid aside, And lingering eyed his lovely bride, Until he saw the starting tear Speak woe he might not stop to cheer: Then, trusting not a second look, In haste he sped hind up the brook, Nor backward glanced till on the heath Where Lubnaig's lake supplies the Teith,— What in the racer's bosom stirred? The sickening pang of hope deferred, And memory with a torturing train Of all his morning visions vain. Mingled with love's impatience, came The manly thirst for martial fame; . . . Read More

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The only thing i read on my Romantic Literature MA that i gave a crap about. If you want Romantic poetry that defies Wordsworth, and his ever-so-tedious ilk, then this is the guy. Rock on Scotland, the progenitor of pissing people off.

This poem is written with extensive notes; it is PIVOTAL that...more

I stumbled on an old illustrated version of Scott's poem (published in 1883) for pocket change at a local thrift shop and bought it as much for the quaint engraving work and its excellent condition as much as for the poem itself. I knew nothing about it--from the title I assumed it was part of th...more

I am a bit of a sucker for narrative poetry and so it was not really a surprise that I enjoyed this. My favorite portions of the poem were undoubtedly the lush descriptions near the beginning. The entire verse romance is quite enjoyable.

I'm a sucker for both Scott and long-form poetry, but this was still just okay for me. Scott's diction and vocabulary are exquisite, but the story wasn't so much my cup of tea. The plethora of characters named "James" made some of the plot confusing for me.

I understand Sir Walter Scott’s mastery of rhyming his poetry, but one of the things I don’t understand is what exactly is gong on.
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I went into this epic poem with a sense of the fantastical, I thought it would be magical and adventurous. It had its adventurous moments, but you can’t always find...more

Amazingly, this used to be taught in the 9th grade at the turn of the last century. Don't know if our students could read it today. The story is wonderful and would make a romantic and action-packed film. At his best, Sir Walter Scott is eloquent and the story flows through it's poetic cantos so...more

Excellent. I love his work

I found the copy of this book that I have under a floor board in our barn. The copyright is 1882 and there are notes written all through it in an old-style cursive from a student that was apparently studying the book at school.

I love the description .. each seperate sonnet or poem takes you to n...more

This is a beautiful romantic poem in the midst of the rivalry of James the fifth and the Clan of Douglas in Scottland. It was originally printed in 1810. In this version there are explanitary notes and a wonderful introduction which explains the times in which this was written to better understan...more

The Lady of the Lake is a narrative poem set in the Trossachs region of Scotland. There are three main plots going at once: the constant war between the high and lowland Scots (the "Gaels" and "Saxons"), a battle between three men to win the heart of the young and alluring Ellen Douglas, and the...more

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