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the Victorian image of the ideal woman: virginal, embowered, spiritual and mysterious, definitely of the Tatyana-caste. The young poet speaks about the Lady in a tone that is slightly compassionate, affectionate, condescending and ironic at the same time. The broadest, most general irony of the poem is that the Lady simply exchanges one kind of imprisonment for another; her presumed freedom is her death. She dies by freezing in the cold of the night. Tatyana, also looking for love in the wrong place, is turned down by an ice-cold Onegin, her heart permanently frozen to death. The Lady is most commonly seen as a form of the artist, and doubtless her absorption in weaving the web (and singing) suggests that. But the poem as a whole can also be interpreted as an allegory of

adolescence, a time when the quiet, protected idyll of childhood comes besieged by the blooming passion of sensuality; when this passion gets denied and restrained for too long — in this case, well into young adulthood –, it tends to burst out suddenly, violently — and in this case, tragically — upon unexpected stimulus arriving from the outer world. According to E. Nelson, “the real dilemma is one that can be neither judged nor solved. The Lady must obey and must defy the curse.”12 The bottom line is that the same applies to Tatyana, doomed heroine of a poem with a more realistic approach. The two works, written at the same time but not nearly the same place, deal with the same subject of embowered, escapist young ladies, and arrive at the same conclusion of the very

basic truth: Life cannot be evaded for too long–the pendulum needs to swing out to both sides. 1 Onegin, Book 4 2 Vil?girodalmi lexikon 15. k?tet, 313. o. 3 Az eur?pai irodalom t?rt?nete, 520. o. 4 E. Nelson: The Lady of Shalott 5 Onegin, Book 2 6 Az eur?pai irodalom t?rt?nete, 520. o. 7 Onegin, Book 3 8 Onegin, Book 4 9 E. Nelson: The Lady of Shalott 10 E.A. Poe: The Philosophy of Composition 11 Onegin, Book 8 12 E. Nelson: The Lady of Shalott References: Elizabeth Nelson: The Lady of Shalott (Ladies of Shalott: a Victorian masterpiece and its contexts, ed. G. Landow, Brown U., 1979) Edgar Allen Poe: Complete Works (Wordsworth, Hertfordshire, 1993) M. Babits: Az eur?pai irodalom t?rtenete (Nyugat kiad?, Budapest, without date) Vil?girodalmi lexikon 15. k?tet: Tennyson

(Akad?miai, Budapest, 1993) A. Pushkin: Onegin (Oxquarry Books, London, 2001)