The Lady of Shalott and Andromache

Tennyson’s “Lady of Shallot” has the Lady weaving on her loom. My guess is that he borrowed this scene directly from the Iliad where Andromache is in her room unaware that Hector her husband has been killed by Achilles. 

 For example compare 

ἀλλ᾽ ἥ γ᾽ ἱστὸν ὕφαινε μυχῷ δόμου ὑψηλοῖο
δίπλακα πορφυρέην, ἐν δὲ θρόνα ποικίλ᾽ ἔπασσε.

She was weaving on her loom a purple cloak
And she embroidered on it flowers of many colours

Iliad 22.440

With Tennyson.

There she weaves by night and day
A magic web with colours gay.

Lady of Shallot

Moreover he uses the same device to express the agitation in the lady  as Homer does with Andromache  that is short rapid phrases. So when Andromache realises that something is wrong

κωκυτοῦ δ᾽ ἤκουσε καὶ οἰμωγῆς ἀπὸ πύργου:
τῆς δ᾽ ἐλελίχθη γυῖα, χαμαὶ δέ οἱ ἔκπεσε κερκίς.

She heard the wailing and weeping from the tower
And limbs were shaken and her shuttle fell to the floor.

Iliad 22.447

And when the lady of Shalott sees Sir Lancelot

She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces thro’ the room,

Lady of Shallott
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