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 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)