Which conflict does Ulysses experience in the poem "Ulysses"?

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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 king long past his prime. He's old and (presumably) infirm, far removed from his days of warfare and adventure. Despite these qualities, Ulysses still has ambition to travel to far-off lands...

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