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Compare and contrast Tennyson and Elliot's use of dramatic monologue in "Ulysses" and "Prufrock"

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Compare and contrast Tennyson and Elliot's use of dramatic monologue in "Ulysses" and "Prufrock" Both poets use men as their character in using a dramatic monologue, Tennyson uses a king as his pseudonym which shows Tennyson is into grandeur. Elliot's use of man is much more interesting, she uses a man to talk about being unable to talk to women and their ignorance of him. In the Prufrock it says, "in the room where women go, and talk of Michelangelo," and "Where should I begin, "which makes reference to women's ignorance of him and his inability to talk to women. This is a poem written by a woman which gives it an interesting perspective on the struggles of a man. These poems are heavily focused on men, with no direct focus on women in both of them. There is a very distinct contrast between the two poems and that is on strength, Ulysses portrays the alpha male, a king, where as in Prufrock it shows indecisive man. Prufrock is incapable of making a decision and not worrying about it, there are also references to weakness. It says, "When I'm pinned and wriggling against the wall," this poem generates images of being trapped and helpless. ...read more.

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There is much juxtaposition within the poem. It says, "there will be time to murder and create," as well as that the poem mixes important things with trivialities, for example, " shall I part my hair, do I dare eat a pear," . There are also the anomalies, it says, "do I dare disturb the universe," these decisions are like thoughts running through his mind, it's as if everything he thinks has been written down. The idea I get from these thoughts is that if he cannot make a decision he lacks opinion, so he essentially lacks identity. He has no defining characteristics, people clearly ignore him because he is a nobody. Whereas Ulysses is a journey of the king on his acceptance of death, as the poem goes on the king becomes more accepting. In contrast to the Prufrock, Ulysses lacks indecisiveness and is very certain of himself, it says, "All times I have enjoyed," he is totally clear in his beliefs and understanding of who he is. Ulysses has no fear of the uncertain, on his impending death he is totally calm, yet Prufrock is unsure about every decision, it says, "it may be will shall touch the happy isle," he is in wonder of what might happen, not in fear of what could happen like Prufrock. ...read more.

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Both poems are about the person the poets are speaking as singularly. Prufrock is shown as very self conscious, it says, "they will say how is arms and legs are thin," Prufrock is a very self obsessed person, he cares deeply what everyone thinks about him. The entire poem is about his own troubles and indecisiveness, there is no mention about anyone else, and this is supposed o be a love song. There is little love is this poem, which shows that it is a love song he cannot express himself. His appearance is also very important to him, it says, "the bald spot in the middle of my hair," the entire poem focuses singularly on himself, it expresses mainly Prufrock's complaints. Ulysses is also a poem all about him, he thinks very highly of himself, maybe because he's a king he thinks he can. He believes he has achieved a lot in his live, the poem breaths confidence that borders on arrogance, he talks about his people loving him. It says, "honoured of them all," the characters are almost blindly obsessed about themselves, the dramatic monologues are more soliloquies, because the poems sound more like the thoughts going through their head. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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