Great Moments in Poetry: Scott’s Heroines

December 15th, 2010

If I were to be a heroine, I’d want to be regaled in one of Sir Walter Scott’s poems.

Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake, 1810

Ellen Douglas, as she watches her aging father march off to save Scotland: “He goes to do what I had done, had Douglas’s daughter been his son!”

Death of Marmion

Marmion, 1809

Constance, as she is being walled up to her death in the convent dungeon for breaking her vows: “And come he slow, or come he fast, it is but death who comes at last.”

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