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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

Community Reviews

Sooo... I am not sure what to say. I may have speed read this because I wanted to find out what happens, *guilty look.*
Anyway it was a good story, but the poetry was beautiful.
For the characters I am a tiny confused, but I like Ellen best. All the men are *cough, cough* slightly obsessed with war.

Went into this one without any good expectations, and boy was I wrong?!

I recently read Ivanhoe and didn't like it. So I decided to give Scott another chance and went with this one here. I was ready for a boring story and I honestly didn't even know it was going to be a poem.

What a delight that was,

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 th

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.

Compared with his previous narrative poem, Marmion, this effort is much more readable, understandable and thus, enjoyable. Still, I do not find it surprising that Scott henceforth largely switched to prose, and began his highly successful series of Waverley novels.

It would appear that his major moti

As a result of a feud between her father and King James, Ellen Douglas must live a secluded life in hiding on a small island in a Scottish loch. There she meets the mysterious James Fitz-James, a knight who has lost his hunting party in the highlands. Ellen is distressed by the romantic intentions o

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 new

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 understand t

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 feu

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