What is the strong desire in the mind of Ulysses?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In Tennyson's poem "Ulysses," the speaker, who is the great former king and warrior Ulysses, also known as Odysseus, wishes to travel. He has lived a long life, and he remembers the voyages he took in his youth, both journeying to and from battle and just general voyages he took in life. In spite of his old age, he yearns from the feeling of being in a new land, because it is invigorating and exciting to see something new that he has never experienced before.

Ulysses is aging, and he feels death coming for him. Because of this, he wishes to escape and feel he is doing something adventurous and dangerous. In this...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 350 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on