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Ulysses

Tennyson's "Ulysses" brings together several themes. One is old age and restlessness in retirement. Ulysses has been a great hero, accustomed to being at the center of the world's most important...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020, 10:44 am (UTC)

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Tennyson contrasts Ulysses and his son, Telemachus, in the poem “Ulysses.” While Ulysses is a free spirit who longs for adventure, his son is a fixed figure who does not have that same...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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In the poem "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, an aged Ulysses, having finally returned safely to his homeland from his long odyssey after the Trojan War, sits in idleness on his throne and...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2020, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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The poem 'Ulysses' by Alfred Lord Tennyson is a dramatic monologue by definition. A dramatic monologue, a genre sometimes identified with Romantic and Victorian poetry, is defined as a poem that...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2017, 11:55 am (UTC)

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Ulysses, once a great hero, is very aware that he is now old. Death will be his next great journey, but he craves "something ere the end" and does not want to end his life as an "idle king" doing...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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Tennyson's "Ulysses" is a wildly popular poem, and one which instigates a variety of interpretations. However, as a starting point, it helps to look at one of the poem's most prominent themes: the...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016, 5:16 am (UTC)

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Ulysses describes his son, Telemachus, as a man who lacks his restless, adventurous spirit. He is far more suited to governing Ithaca, and so he makes the choice to leave the throne and name...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012, 6:40 pm (UTC)

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Ulysses is old, world-weary, and coming to the end of a long, illustrious life. Far from enjoying his twilight years, however, he's feeling thoroughly bored and miserable. It's a huge comedown for...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2018, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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"Ulysses" is a dramatic monologue written in blank verse but it can best be divided into three sections. In lines 1-33, Ulysses (Odysseus) is thinking, thus an interior monologue, about his...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2013, 3:38 am (UTC)

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In Tennyson's "Ulysses," the second stanza is devoted to Ulysses' description of his son, Telemachus. To get an idea of what the king thinks of his son, it helps to look at the second stanza in...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2016, 10:32 pm (UTC)

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One conflict faced by the speaker in this poem is the conflict between his age and his waning strength on the one hand and his desire for more adventures on the other. Indeed, Ulysses acknowledges...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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This poem is famous for its spirit of unyielding adventure in the face of old age and stability. It's narrator, Ulysses, is famous for his journeyings back to his island kingdom of Ithaca, and now...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2011, 2:42 am (UTC)

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Literature is derived from other literature. This is the case for your Ulysses in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses". This Ulysses is based on the character originally created by Homer in The Illiad...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2010, 5:05 am (UTC)

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Tennyson's poem "Ulysses" depicts the poet's vision of what Ulysses (also known as Odysseus) is like in his later years, after he settles down to rule his kingdom. Ulysses is bored with ruling; his...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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In the poem "Ulysses," Tennyson presents the aging monarch back in his kingdom after his numerous adventures. He longs to take ship with his mariners on one last voyage to accomplish, as he says,...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018, 1:48 am (UTC)

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The characterization of the Greek hero offered in Tennyson's poem does not dislike his wife and son, but cannot see staying with them either. The overriding characterization of Ulysses offered is...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010, 9:25 am (UTC)

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Tennyson’s poem and Homer’s poem could not be more different. First of all, Tennyson’s poem is short—four stanzas. Homer’s Odyssey is in twenty-four books. As for substance, Homer’s Odysseus wants...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018, 1:59 am (UTC)

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The phrase "savage race" occurs in the fourth line of Tennyson's poem "Ulysses." The third and fourth lines run in full: Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019, 11:22 am (UTC)

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Ulysses makes it clear early in the poem that he is bored with his sedentary life as king of Ithaca, and indeed with the responsibilities and drudgery of kingship. He longs to live out his days in...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012, 6:48 pm (UTC)

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The speaker, Ulysses, is addressing his fellow sailors. He calls out to them directly as "my mariners," and states that both he and they are now "old." Because they are all old, Ulysses suspects...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019, 8:04 pm (UTC)

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Ulysses characterizes himself in the poem as a restless adventurer who is ill-suited for an adminstrator's job. As king of Ithaca, he feels as if he has been a poor legislator and an ineffective...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2010, 11:37 pm (UTC)

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The aged Ulysses describes himself as man with a "hungry heart" who forever wishes to roam the earth. In contrast, his son, Telemachus, in the full bloom of manhood, is the type of person who is...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2021, 5:49 pm (UTC)

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Essentially, the main contrast between Ulysses' past and present is that, in his past, the king was a mighty warrior and adventurer, while, in his present, he is an aged statesman bored with his...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2016, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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I think that a fairly good case can be made for Ulysses as an escapist. Ulysses is shown to be one who wishes to escape the condition of "life piled on life." Ulysses' life back in Ithaca is one...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013, 1:22 pm (UTC)

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You will undoubtedly receive a variety of different answers to this question, as one's reading of poetry is essentially a personal affair. For me, one of the key phrases in this poem is the...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2011, 9:20 pm (UTC)

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I'd like to focus on two main conflicts in Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses": responsibility vs. the thirst for adventure, and ambition vs. old age. Let's start with old age. Tennyson's Ulysses is an aged...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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In Tennyson's "Ulysses," the eponymous king is fairly unabashed when it comes to his opinion of his subjects, the people of Ithaca. Take, for instance, Ulysses' first description of his people:...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 6:45 pm (UTC)

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Ulysses" is told from the perspective of the aged hero, years after his return to Ithaca. The poem is composed of three stanzas, and the mood and tone change from one...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2018, 10:21 am (UTC)

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Throughout this excellent and memorable poem, the key focus is on the age of Ulysses, but at the same time his uncompromising desire to carry on living his life to the full and not to allow himself...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2011, 8:08 pm (UTC)

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Ulysses gives the impression that he's as bored with his "aged wife" as he is with all other aspects of his kingly life. Penelope reminds him just how old he is and how far away he is from that...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2018, 8:03 am (UTC)

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Though they are old, Ulysses asks his mariners, the men with whom he has experienced so many great adventures, to strike out with him again, in search of "a newer World." Death closes all; but...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012, 6:28 pm (UTC)

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Tennyson's Ulysses follows the pattern of a few other poems by Tennyson in being written in the voice of a character in Homeric epic, but either from a viewpoint or perspective not found in Homer....

Latest answer posted October 8, 2011, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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Ulysses is motivated to go on another voyage in the poem Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson for several reasons. Ulysses states: Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note,...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2012, 11:57 pm (UTC)

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One could be forgiven for allowing Ulysses—known in Greek mythology as Odysseus—a well-earned rest. After all, this extraordinary man, this living legend, has crammed more heroic adventures into...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020, 11:27 am (UTC)

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In "Ulysses," the contrast between action and inaction, rather than action solely, is the major theme. Ulysses himself, as an old man, is continually "roaming," but this physical action does not...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018, 9:40 am (UTC)

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At the beginning of Tennyson's "Ulysses," the eponymous hero is bored and frustrated. He spent ten years fighting at Troy, at the center of great events. He then spent another ten years in a series...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2020, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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Words and lines from Tennyson's "Ulysses" that reflect how life is much more than mere breathing explain how a person's life has to be defined with purpose and meaning. In Tennyson's poem,...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2016, 3:52 pm (UTC)

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The speaker Ulysses (the Roman name for "Odysseus") delivers a reflection on old age and mortality to other elderly veterans who may have fought with him in the Trojan wars. His reflection...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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The original question had to be edited. The concluding lines of the poem reflect how Ulysses shares the spirit of adventure with his mariners. Ulysses' closing lines speaks to this condition. It...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2013, 4:26 am (UTC)

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For Tennyson, the most evident mode of comparison between both figures is that they are both leaders. It becomes evident in the poem that Tennyson sees both figures as leaders of Ithaca. Ulysses...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012, 10:37 am (UTC)

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Imagery of food and drink plays a subtle but important role in Alfred Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses.” In the poem, Ulysses – the great Greek epic hero – decides to continue voyaging rather than staying...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012, 11:55 am (UTC)

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In the poem "Ulysses," Alfred, Lord Tennyson presents an old man who has safely returned from all the exciting, life-threatening adventures recounted in The Odyssey. He sits upon his throne, an...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018, 4:02 am (UTC)

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The closing line might sum it up quite nicely. The idea of taking a position in life where one is driven "to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield," is one that embraces a life committed to...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2010, 11:00 am (UTC)

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To me, one of the major themes of this poem is that the speaker (Ulysses) wants to keep experiencing and learning new things. He thinks that a life spent in one place, doing the same thing over...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2010, 11:18 pm (UTC)

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Ulysses, at the stage of life in which Tennyson pictures him, is not so much in favor of an adventurous life as simply any kind of active life rather than the resigned inactivity of his position in...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019, 4:57 am (UTC)

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It seems to me that the subtext of the question helps to answer the original question. Ulysses' characterization is not one that is rendered of fear. After enduring his harrowing journey, Ulysses...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2011, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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This question, the question of confronting the process of aging, is at the heart of Tennyson's "Ulysses." The poem is essentially the soliloquy of an aging Ulysses (the Latin form of Odysseus)...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 12:55 am (UTC)

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Ulysses is the Latin name for the Greek hero, Odysseus. Many English books use the Latin rather than the Greek form of the name. The difficulty in describing Odysseus is that he appears in so many...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011, 3:38 pm (UTC)

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Tennyson felt that an essential part of the human predicament is quality of endurance. He believed that “the need for going forward, and braving the struggle of life" is a critical part of human...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2014, 11:48 pm (UTC)

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In this poem of an aged adventurer desperate for one last jaunt into the unknown we can see that Ulysses is a man who does not sit well with the present. Both the past and the future are described...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2011, 9:02 am (UTC)

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