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A critical appreciation of 'Ulysses' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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Ana-Maria Fernandes 12WB

A critical appreciation of 'Ulysses' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

'Ulysses' was written in October 1833 after Tennyson learned about his friend Arthur Hallam's death. Ulysses, based on the Greek mythology character Odysseus, longs for adventure, is going to leave his Kingdom of Ithica to his son Telemachus and set out in an adventure which may reunite him with his comrade in the Trojan war, Achilles.

The poem is in the form of blank verse, unrhymed iambic pentameter and is a dramatic monologue. In the first part of the poem, Ulysses is listing the problems that he has.

Ulysses describes himself as an 'Idle king', which shows he is restless and although he governs, is not getting any satisfaction from it. This description is Ulysses' thought process, as he says how he is 'match'd with an aged wife', he most probably would not say this out loud. Ulysses says how he 'mete and dole unequal laws unto a savage race'. The mete and dole' are beneath him and he wants more king like duties. This 'savage race', 'hoard, and sleep, and feed'. Ulysses is comparing them to animals in this emphatic iambic

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