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What are some thematic connections between Tennyson's poems "The Lady of Shallot" and "Ulysses"?

Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poems “Ulysses” and “The Lady of Shalott” are two of his most famous works. These poems share a number of common themes or motifs, including the following: A sense that the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 4:01 am UTC

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In the concluding lines of the poem, what qualities does Ulysses say that he shares with his mariners? 

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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Tennyson responds to the issues of Victorian Age in his own way. He believes in giving his people strong political...

This is certainly something that can be argued from the lines of this poem. After all, Ulysses, in his desire to go and leave his responsibilities as king of Ithaca, works hard to ensure that he...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2013 5:43 am UTC

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Broadly describe the characteristics of Ulysses. Ulysses character as a father, as a colonial figure and leader and...

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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In Tennyson's "Ulysses," which words and lines indicate that life is much more than mere breathing?

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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Explain what you think is the key line in "Ulysses" by Tennyson.

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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What ideas does the poem “Ulysses”  by Alfred Lord Tennyson convey to you about the factors involved in risk-taking?

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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In the poem "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, explain the speaker's view of the past, present, and future.

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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Whom does Ulysses address in the second half of Lord Tennyson's poem? In the concluding lines of the poem, what...

Towards the middle of the poem, Ulysses speaks of his son, Telemachus, in a manner that suggests he is pondering the end of his rule and the shift of those responsibilities to Telemachus. He...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2016 6:40 pm UTC

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What is Ulysses' solution to the problems of old age?  

Tennyson's "Ulysses" is a meditation on old age. We meet an aged Ulysses bitterly reflecting on the glory of his legendary youth and contrasting it with the apparently dull state of his advanced...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2016 11:39 pm UTC

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How does Tennyson convey Ulysses' optimism? Ulysses' optimism about setting sail once again that is. Particularly his...

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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Contrast Ulysses and his son Telemachus in regards to irony in Ulysses.

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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Analyze the poem as a yearning for individualism and knowledge, rather than focusing on its undercurrents of...

Many scholars and readers have noted that Tennyson's "Ulysses" exhibits strong undercurrents of misogyny and general male insensitivity. This point is perfectly valid, as the Ulysses in the poem...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 4:14 pm UTC

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In the poem "Ulysses," by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, what qualities does Ulysses say or imply that he shares with his...

In Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem titled “Ulysses,” the title character states or implies that he shares a number of qualities or characteristics with his men. These characteristics include the...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 1:03 pm UTC

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In Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Ulysses," what do you think Ulysses is determined not to "yield" to?

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...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 10:44 am UTC

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How has Tennyson portrayed death and old age in the poem "Ulysses"?

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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Discuss the character of Ulysses as painted by Tennyson and indicate the contrast between him and Telemachus as...

The title character of the poem "Ulysses" has ruled Ithaca for several years after his return from several years of adventure. Now, as he is growing old, he is determined not to die at home, of old...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012 11:50 am UTC

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In the poem Ulysses, how does the title character react to old age and death?

Ulysses, as portrayed in the poem of the same name by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is an aging king, a man who has accomplished everything in his life that can be accomplished. He has seen kingdoms rise...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2012 8:30 pm UTC

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In his poem titled "Ulysses," where does Alfred, Lord Tennyson emphasize Ulysses' great endurance and insatiable...

In his poem “Ulysses,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson emphasizes the title character’s great endurance and insatiable curiosity in a number of ways and in a number of passages, including the following: Line...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 10:29 am UTC

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The audience of Tennyson’s “Ulysses” seems to change in each stanza. Why is this so?

I'm not convinced that the audience of Tennyson's "Ulysses" does change from stanza to stanza, merely that the focus of the poem shifts. The poem is a dramatic monologue, spoken in the voice of...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2015 9:34 pm UTC

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Examine how Ulysses can be seen as an escapist.

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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Tennyson's "Ulysses" is based partly on Homer's. In what ways does Tennyson's portrayal (meaning a description of...

The dramatic monologue of Tennyson's "Ulysses" takes place on the island of Ithaca, where he has returned after ten years of wandering, having set out from Troy. The time is the moment at which he...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2014 8:09 am UTC

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In Tennyson II, why is Ulysses not content to stay and rule his country?

Ulysses grows restless, fueling his discontent. His thoughts begin to stray from staying home to enjoy life with his family. His thoughts also steer him from the desire to rule his kingdom. Ulysses...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2008 5:56 pm UTC

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Is Ulysses' positive side, seen in the love of travel and knowledge, more persuasive than his negative side, seen in...

There is little doubt that this is a tough question. It is so difficult because there is not a singular or clear answer to it. Like Tennyson's construction of Ulysses, it is complex. I would...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 2:20 pm UTC

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How striking is the ending of the poem "Ulysses"?

I think the ending of this poem is really quite striking and moving. The major theme of the poem is that people must never stop looking for new experiences. Tennyson is saying that if we stop...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010 12:58 am UTC

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Identify the essential idea of the poem "Ulysses."

I think that one of the most essential points of Tennyson's poem can actually arise from a particularly poignant moment in Homer's Odyssey. In Book XI, Odysseus speaks with Achilles in his journey...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2013 12:11 pm UTC

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Is Tennyson praising Ulysses, or Tennyson is criticizing Ulysses? Literary critics have debated whether Tennyson is...

Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "Ulysses" is written in the form of a dramatic monologue, i.e. a soliloquy spoken by Ulysses overheard by an imagined audience. Because of this, there is no explicit...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2012 1:45 am UTC

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Please provide a literary critical analysis of "Ulysses" by Tennyson.

Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "Ulysses" is a dramatic monologue, written in the voice of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's Odyssey, after he has returned home to Ithaca. In this poem, the protagonist...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2012 3:27 am UTC

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Why is Ulysses in favor of an adventurous life?

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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What is the era that the poem "Ulysses" was written in and how was the poet affected by the era in his writing of...

Tennyson was probably more affected by personal matters in the creation of "Ulysses." In 1833, Tennyson's close friend Arthur Hallam died. At the time, Tennyson was living with his mother and nine...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2013 3:26 pm UTC

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What evidence is there in "Ulysses" that the speaker does not wish for a life of adventure but instead wishes for death?

There is a fundamental tension throughout the poem between Ulysses's continuing taste for adventure and exploration, and a desire to face up to his old age and mortality. Ulysses (or Odysseus as he...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2017 10:31 am UTC

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Please give your opinion of the character of Ulysses in "Ulysses" by Tennyson.

Let me start off by saying how much I like this poem and how its famous call to make the most out of life and avoid becoming old and dull is something that inspires me and something that I in turn...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2011 7:11 pm UTC

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In Tennyson's "Ulysses," the speaker says "I am a part of all I have met." Do you think this is a fair statement? Why...

I would argue that this statement errs on the side of arrogance. This poem reflects a king who has returned from the Trojan War and has doubtless seen glory on the battlefield. To argue that he is...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 5:52 am UTC

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What is the significance of the line "I am become a name" in "Ulysses"?

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 the poem, Ulysses, by Alfred Lord Tennyson, what ideas does the author develop regarding the effect of adversity...

The poem, Ulysses, by Alfred Lord Tennyson, is what is known as a "dramatic monologue." We do not hear the voice of Tennyson directly, but rather overhear the thoughts of Ulysses himself. Ulysses...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 11:27 pm UTC

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What is Ulysses' opinion of retirement?

In "Ulysses," Ulysses shows a restlessness in the face of his advancing years, striving for one last energetic reclamation of his earlier glory. In many ways, this feels like a willful defiance of...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 9:55 pm UTC

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When does Tennyson use nourishment as a metaphor, and to what effect, in Ulysses?

In analysing Tennyson’s “Ulysses”, it is important to realize that like many Victorians, Tennyson’s familiarity with Classical Greek literature (in the original language) was equivalent to a level...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 1:32 pm UTC

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What is the picture of modern life in the poem "Ulysses" and what does the poem say about human existence?

One of the most relevant parallels to modern life is that selfishness that is in our society today. Although it is not a popular view, some critics have said that Ulysses is extremely selfish for...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2008 2:34 am UTC

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Who will rule the island when Ulysses retires?

It becomes clear as Ulysses sets off on his journey that he feels he leaves Ithaca in capable hands. Ulysses believes that it is in his best interests to leave his son, Telemachus, as the leader...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2014 4:23 pm UTC

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How do these fearless and brave deeds reflect on Ulysses character? this is about the poem "Ulysses"

WHICH fearless and brave deeds? For a good discussion of this poem by Tennyson, see the link below. Perhaps you will find the answer to your question in the analysis, because you have not...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2010 11:38 pm UTC

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In "Ulysses," by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, how does the line "There is the port; the vessel puffs her sail" (and...

You refer, I take it, to the entire last stanza of the poem. In order to understand how this stanza relates to discovery, you need to understand the context of the poem and the beliefs of the...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015 6:54 pm UTC

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What evidence is there in "Ulysses" that the speaker does not long for adventure but for death?  

As with much of Tennyson's verse, the dominant tone of "Ulysses " is arguably one of quiet resignation or even despair. Despite the declaration that he wishes yet to seek a newer world, I sense...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 3:45 am UTC

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"Ulysses" is perfectly wrought dramatic monologue. Present the voice of the aged Ulysses planning a final voyage. ...

In a dramatic monologue, the speaker of the poem is not the poet. The speaker addresses an unknown listener/audience. Through the monologue, the reader may or may not determine who that audience...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013 6:40 pm UTC

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In "Ulysses," what lines would encourage someone who needed to go forward despite the temptation to give up the...

"Ulysses" is about a once great warrior trying to come to terms with being an older, less active king. Although this is a poem about Ulysses refusing to accept a more passive lifestyle as an older...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 12:12 am UTC

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What is Ulysses' opinion of retirement in "Ulysses"?

The construction of Ulysses in Tennyson's poem is one that dislikes retirement. Essentially, Tennyson constructs a character who cannot return to the life of domesticity. After enduring so very...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2011 3:25 am UTC

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In the line "Come, my friends" in "Ulysses," who is the speaker, and who are addressed as friends?

The speaker is Ulysses (Odysseus) himself, and the poem is his melancholy reflection upon the aging process and the fact that his time appears to be past. In spite of this, he refuses to give up or...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019 8:57 pm UTC

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In Tennyson's "Ulysses," what is the relationship between the static and the dynamic?

In "Ulysses," Tennyson imagines the hero of Homer's epic, The Odyssey, years after the epic ends and Ulysses has been faced with years of remaining in Ithaca as king. Ulysses sees his current...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2010 3:59 am UTC

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What is difference in the manners in which Ulysses descibes his people and his kingship when he hands over his...

Your question concerning Tennyson's "Ulysses" is jumbled, filled with errors, and hard to interpret, so I couldn't edit it and am not sure what you mean. I'll assume you mean what is the...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2010 2:10 pm UTC

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Bring out the fundamental opposition between the past and the present in the life of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Ulysses.

Ulysses' past life was challenging, strenuous, and exciting. He "drunk delight of battle" with his comrades, and saw the world, including "cities of men...councils, [and] governments" who honored...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2012 7:16 pm UTC

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