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Describe the mood and the tone of the poem "Ulysses"?mood changes, describe

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valar | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 19, 2010 at 6:59 PM via web

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Describe the mood and the tone of the poem "Ulysses"?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted January 19, 2010 at 7:46 PM (Answer #1)

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The mood of the poem 'Ulysses'by Alfred Lord Tennyson is contemplative - he is remembering and reflecting on experiences past, and thinking about them. He contemplates 'all times he enjoy'd greatly' as well as all the travelling he has done. He sees this kind of life comtinuing for the moment ('I will drink Liffe to the lees). He also mentions that he has suffered too and that times haven't always been completely happy and this gives the poem a sombre and realistic mood. He has the balance of view that many decent people would have on looking back over their lives - some things good, some not so. The tone of the poem is educative and sharing - the poet narrator is being friendly but fairly formal in his sharing of past experiences from life and lessons he has learnt. The tone nearing the end the end is hopeful however - although 'death closes all' he is not so old that no more good can be achieved.

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roses9 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM (Answer #2)

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just wanted to add the the already great answer that reflective mood is shown through how he analyzes what his experiences have made him today. how his life /personality has changed from the previous home-loving homeric version of ulysses to this new adventurous egoistic one. the educative tone is hightened by his proverbial manner of speaking which shows his vast experience in life. realistic mood also shown by how he says he might not return from his potentially dangerous journey.

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