“Death of Tristan and Islot.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Volume A: The Middle Ages. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2006. Print. photo link
The tragic poem of “Tristan and Isolt” narrated by Stephen Greenbelt tells a tragic love story between the lord or Cornwalls wife and his nephew. Though the reason they fell in love was not by becoming aquatinted but by drinking a love potion. With many attempt to see each other and stay together, it always ended up the Tristan and Isolt must be part due to Marks suspicion. After Tristan leaves Cornwall their love is still so powerful that they arrange to see each other even if it means sailing across the sea to see each other. One day though Tristan got very ill and need Isolt to come to his aid, as Isolt sails across the sea she is flying her whit flag to indicate she will come. However when Tristan asked his wife what color the sail was she lied and said black, meaning Isolt would not come. After Tristan receives this tragic news he dies from from sadness that he would not see his true love. When Isolt arrives to see Tristan dead her heart/soul become poisoned to see him dead, so she kisses him then dies next to him. Their love is said to be eternal because after they where burried, yew tress sprouted from their graves and intertwined together. Tristan and Isolt had crazy and clever ways they managed to see each other which really showed the extremes they did for love. This was true love because, I feel that if your body is willing to stop functioning for someone else it means true love despite the love potion they drank. This is why “The deaths of Tristan and Isolt” define the tragic love story.