Introduction to Lord Ullin's daughter:
The poem Lord Ullin’s Daughter, is a romantic set in the medieval period in which two lovers namely the Lord Ullin's daughter and Scottish Chieftain elope together and have to cross a stormy sea. God had other plans for them, he was not on their side, they both meet a tragic end , as they were engulfed by the fury of the stormy sea. Summary of Lord Ullin’s Daughter
In the poem , Lord Ullin’s Daughter Lord Ullin’s and his men chased Ullin’s daughter and the chieftain on that historic night. The chieftain and Lord Ullin's daughter tried to escape from the clutches of Lord Ulin and his trusted soldiers ,by sailing away in a boat. In the poem, Lord Ullin’s Daughter the boat man was reluctant to row as the weather was dark and stormy. The chieftain offered the boatman a silver pound to row them across the Lochgyle, he also told the boatman that she was the daughter of Lord Ullin and that they had been fleeing Lord Ullin and his men since the past three days. He also told the boatman that once they were caught he would be killed by Lord Ullin’s men. The lovers persistence made the boatman change his mind and he conveyed very explicitly to the chieftain that he was doing so for the fair maid and not for the silver offered by him. Lord Ullin's daughter and the chieftain were now sailing in the stormy sea which seemed to get vicious with every passing minute . In the poem , Lord Ullin’s Daughter when Lord Ullin reaches the shore with his men, his wrath changed to angst . He finds his lovely daughter caught in the storm, the violent waves had overturned the boat and both the chieftain and she were engulfed by the hungry waves. On seeing this Lord Ullin is besot with grief and he falls to the ground sobbing and repenting for being so callous. In the poem ,Lord Ullin’s Daughter we have a repentant Lord Ullin shouting frantically and requesting his daughter to return to the shore. Alas! It was too late. Both his daughter and the chieftain were swallowed by the hungry waters of the sea. Lord Ullin is now left alone lamenting his beautiful daughter’s death.
Question: And I'll give thee a silver pound to row us over the ferry!
a) Who said this to whom?
b) Whom were they running away from?
Answer: a) The lover, the son of the chief of Ulva's said this to the boat man.
b) Lord Ullin
Question: By this the storm grew loud apace. The water wraith was shrieking.
a) Why was the storm terrifying?
b) What does the 2nd line mean?
Answer: a) They had to cross the loch and this was dangerous during a storm.
b) The water wraith is the water ghost or spectre. The poet is describing the loud noise made by the storm and the water.
Question: I'll meet the raging of the skies
But not an angry father
a) Why is the father angry?
b) How does she meet the raging of the skies?
Answer: a) She has chosen to marry the son of the Ulva isle's chief. Lord Ullin is unhappy with the choice.
b) She goes into the loch or lake in a boat during a terrible storm.
Question: The boat has left a stormy land
A stormy sea before her
a) Why is the land said to be stormy?
b) Why is the sea stormy?
Answer: a) Lord Ullin, has a bad temper. He is prepared to kill his daughter's lover. So the land is 'stormy'.
b) The weather has suddenly changed. There is a strong tempest.
Question: When O! too strong for human hand,
The tempest gathered around her
What do these lines mean?
Answer: The wind and rain was strong and soon overturned the boat. The humans in the boat could not save themselves.
Question: 'Twas vain: the loud waves lashed the shore
Return or aid preventing
a) What was in vain?
b) What does line 2 convey?
Answer: a) Lord Ulin called out to his daughter that he forgave her, and he accepted her lover. This was in vain....
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