In Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Ulysses," what do you think Ulysses is determined not to "yield" to?
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In Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses,” the title character seems determined not to yield to the following temptations:
* Idleness (line 1)
* Simple domestic pleasures (line 3)
* Merely rote political behavior (lines 4-5)
* Mere physical pleasures, such as sleeping and eating (line 5)
* Settling in (or for) just one place (line 6)
* Settling for less than the fullest life has to offer (lines 6-7)
* Merely resting on his laurels or being satisfied with what he has already accomplished (line 11)
* Passivity, as when he exclaims,
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breathe were life. (lines 22-24)
* Complacency in the face of old age and approaching death (lines 25-30)
* Intellectual dullness and self-satisfaction (lines 30-32)
* The simple pleasures of being a father (line 33)
* “Common” ideas of proper behavior (line 40).
* A life without continuing increase of honor (line 50)
* An old age free from work and effort (line 50)
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