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