The essay offers a close reading of the poem, emphasizing the ways Lochinvar is characterized, the balance that pervades the poem, how Scott builds and sustains suspense, and the unexpected complexity of his phrasing and characterization. The bridesmaids were entranced by the perfect match of Ellen and Lochinvar as they swooned across the floor. Her eyes are awash with tears at the prospect of marrying another man and losing him forever tugs at her heartstrings. This language of conflict and challenge carries over into the descriptions and personality of the characters in the poem. In the first stanza we are introduced to Lochinvar riding out of the west on his horse, which should be noted is described as the best horse in the land.
Her passivity and malleability doesn't allow her to be a challenge. He is faithful to his love and fearless at the same time. But she kept a smile on her face signifying the upwelling affections for Lochinvar. He came unarmed riding on his horse through the wide border and throughout this special journey he carried no weapons and rode all by himself. In the first stanza we are introduced to Lochinvar riding out of the west on his horse, which should be noted is described as the best horse in the land. The two danced in pair with grace and filled the room with their presence. There are in more by far, That gladly be to the Lochinvar.
It also shows the value of action and the results of passivity. The relative activeness and passiveness of the characters allows for these interactions to take place. The traditional form, style and subject matter mask an intricate set of power struggles and battles of will. So boldly he entered the Netherby Hall, Among bridesmen, and kinsmen, and brothers, and all: Then spoke the brides father, his hand on his sword, For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word, O, come ye in peace here, or come ye in war, Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar? The character of Ellen, in contrast to Lochinvar, is soft and light. This heroic language is interesting because while there is challenge in the poem there is no battle or direct conflict. He claimed that many beautiful maidens who are far more fair and beautiful than Ellen would open-heartedly come to be a bride for him. Ellen considers Lochinvar coward who left her behind in the war of love.
Keys Thoughts: Lochinvar The poem intertwines beautifully intricacies of romance, war, relationships and power-play. Though there were tears in her eyes, her lips carried the smile that came from her heart. This language of conflict and challenge carries over into the descriptions and personality of the characters in the poem. The language used in the poem is primarily heroic and dealing with battle. It was a deep river that he crossed bravely and. So it was the King who thunders a resounding declaration at Lochinvar.
However, he offers her a final dance together. It was, as I recall, a day of prodigious beauty. Perhaps Lochinvar is projection unrealistic expectations on Ellen. She is flustered and doesn't know where to look, but she offers a smile as she looks for redemption while trying not to cry. He is tormented by the fact that Ellen married another man and betrayed his love. The poem characterizes the hero as follows: O, young Lochinvar is come out of the west, Through all the wide Border his steed was the best; And save his good broadsword, he weapons had none, He rode all unarmed, and he rode all alone.
She look'd down to blush, and she look'd up to sigh, With a on her lips and a tear in her eye. The whole hall was sparkled with their starry presence. He reassures Ellen and her people that he had only come to dance and drink in celebration. Lochinvar's position as an active dominant person is reflected in everything that he does and how he is described. She was hypnotized by his love. It is interesting because he is riding alone, a stoic and brave character, and it is also mentioned that he is armed only with his broad sword. The bridegroom's fear and inactivity cause Ellen's father to step in and he in turn is put in the same position as the bridegroom.
Its traditional form and apparently straightforward story masks an interesting power play. So daring in love and so dauntless in war, Have ye e'er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar? He loves Ellen, who is getting married to a timid and lethargic man. He stayed not for brake and he stopped not for stone, He swam the Eske river where ford there was none, But ere he alighted at Netherby gate The bride had consented, the gallant came late: For a laggard in love and a dastard in war Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar. Bluebirds, too numerous to mention. It was as if her disaffection for his alienation just melted away. However through their choices and actions, all but Lochinvar place themselves in a position of inactivity.
There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far, That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar. Doubtless, Ellen was coerced into a lesser marriage by her father while being in love with our hero knight. Ultimately, they relented and Ellen was never seen again in the region. So boldly he entered the Netherby Hall, Among bridesmen, and kinsmen, and brothers, and all. The relative activeness and passiveness of the characters allows for these interactions to take place. He is cowardly and unable to stand up for himself. So faithful in love and so dauntless in war, There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.