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Ulysses By Tennyson Lord Alferd Tennyson presents to us in the poem "Ulysses" an old sailor, a warrior and a king who is in retrospection on his experiences of a lifetime of travel. Ulysses' old age and strong will causes him to be restless and unable to be comfortable at home. He chooses a life of travel over his family because that is what he knows best. Because of his faults, we identify with his character. As a result, Ulysses attempts to go on to face a new but familiar journey, not knowing if it would be his last. By connecting with Ulysses' courage he awakens the heroic spirit in all of us. At home Ulysses is unable to adjust to old age. ...read more.


/ Most blameless is he, centered in the sphere / Of common duties, decent not to fail / In offices of tenderness, and pay / Meet adoration to my household gods, / When I am gone. He works his work, I mine" (Lines 33-43). Being a life long traveler prevented Ulysses from learning any of the responsibilities of being a father and a husband. Instead, he was traveling abroad consoling with kings, generals and gods, traveling to "cities of men / And manners, climates, councils, governments"(Lines 13-14). The only thing he gained from his travels was the unending quest for more. Retiring home is an unsatisfying dull life, which is impossible for Ulysses bear. After all the battles and fame he has won Ulysses realizes his old age and feels required to "pause, to make and end, / To rust unburnished, not to shine in use! ...read more.


smite/The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds/To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths/ Of all the western stars, until I die./It may be the gulfs will wash us down:/It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles." (Lines 56-61). Tennyson seals the bond to the readers and gives us a sence of connection to Ulysses courageous mission. We are left with the encouraging idea that no matter how old we might be physically the soul lives on. "We are not now that strength which in old days/Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are-/One of equal temper of heroic hearts, /Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will /To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." (Lines 66-70). This awakens the hero at heart for everyone and makes us feel proud and motivated to take on life. ...read more.

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