This episode of Texts in the City looks at Jessica Anderson’s 1978 novel Tirra Lirra by the River with host Lili Wilkinson and author Rosalie Ham. An engaging analysis and discussion about the book, including how it related to Tennyson's poem The Lady of Shalott and Plato's Allegory of the Cave (see videos below for more on these ideas). Production Year: 2015. Duration: 43 mins.
A beautiful adaption of Tennyson's poem - which is the origin of the phrase 'Tirra lirra by the river'.
Twenty four hundred years ago, Plato, one of history’s most famous thinkers, said life is like being chained up in a cave forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall. Beyond sounding quite morbid, what exactly did he mean? Alex Gendler unravels Plato's Allegory of the Cave, found in Book VII of "The Republic."
Read the full poem at The Poetry Foundation
This Pre-Raphaelite painting illustrates the following lines from part IV of Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott’:
For more information about the painting, visit Tate's page about The Lady of Shalott.