When Art Meets Poetry: Waterhouse
This painting is based on The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
It illustrates the lines:
There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.
She has heard a whisper say,
A curse is on her if she stay
To look down to Camelot.
She knows not what the curse may be,
And so she weaveth steadily,
And little other care hath she,
The Lady of Shalott.
Inspired by Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time" as excerpted here:
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying;
And the same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.