To whom is Ulysses speaking in "Ulysses"?
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 culminates in a rousing speech intended to convince this same audience of warriors to take hold of life again and to find one last great adventure. Consider the following passage:
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old;Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;Death closes all: but something ere the end,Some work of noble note, may yet be done,Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
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