Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott'

Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott'
Alfred Tennyson (late 1860's)

The Lady is a lonely and doomed figure and Tennyson used her in several poems and plays, just as he used Fair Rosamond. This painting of The Lady is by John William Waterhouse in 1888. The implication I'm making is that The Lady resembles Calypso, or even Penelope, trapped in her unreality, except that she - The Lady - is in the boat, not Odysseus, going to find her mortality. She is, therefore, more like Odysseus than those other women, at least in the 1842 revised version.

Tate Britain

The same principle of going to your death because you feel you have no choice also underlies Swiss Symbolist Arnold Böcklin's series, Isle of the Dead (Die Toteninsel) - (1880s) - so named by others. Below is the third he produced in the series. Although it is not specifically about the Odyssey, like Waterhouse he painted various characters from the epic.

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin