• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analyse the ways in which 'Ulysses' and one other poem explore religious and philosophical ideas.

Extracts from this document...


Analyse the ways in which 'Ulysses' and one other poem explore religious and philosophical ideas. Both 'Ulysses' and 'God's Grandeur' explore the themes of religion and philosophy in depth. Hopkins' 'God's Grandeur' is perhaps the more religious, and Tennyson's 'Ulysses' the more philosophical. Beginning with the former, the concept of 'God' is obviously a universally recognised figure of supreme leadership, albeit interpreted in different ways by the different faiths. Hopkins himself was a devout Christian, and this is evident in the subtext of his poetry. "The world is charged with the grandeur of God." Hopkins' introductory quote immediately presents the belief that the power of nature stems from God. In the next two lines there is a contrast in that Hopkins' writes that this power will both 'flame' and 'ooze' out. ...read more.


I think he uses this caesura to emphasise the destructive nature of human civilisation on God's Earth, and the way in that this has slowed the development of nature, in the same way that the caesura slows the poem here. Jesus Christ, preached values which were decidedly anti-capitalist, and so do many latter day Christians, evidently including Hopkins. Next, he exalts nature's resilience, where he states that 'nature is never spent;'. Here he is saying that despite human efforts to perturb it, nature is still pure and fresh deep inside the Earth, and that God's 'charge' is still present here, away from the destructive civilisations. Ulysses, however, is not religion specific, and more philosophical in its tone. ...read more.


The poem is written as a dramatic monologue, thus it is in a format to be performed by a single character. An element of philosophy deals with the notion of selflessness, or the lack of it in the case of Ulysses. Through the style of writing employed we can see the egotistical character of the King coming through. He devotes a full 26 lines to his own egotistical proclamation of his zeal for the wandering life, and another 26 lines to the exhortation of his mariners to roam the seas with him. However, he offers only 11 lines of lukewarm praise to his son concerning the governance of the kingdom in his absence, and a mere two words about his "aged wife" Penelope. Anthony Silkoff Page 1 27/04/2004 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Existence of God section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Existence of God essays

  1. Individual religious experience means individual religious fantasy; corporate religious experience means corporate religious fantasy; ...

    religious fantasies as for him corporate experiences meant they were more people who had the vision and therefore it couldn't be classed as fantasy. Alternative explanations are when people hear of those who claim to have seen God or an angel or have heard a voice or were instructed by

  2. "A religious experince is a sponatnious or induced,mental event over which the recepient has ...

    Nonetheless in a time of crisis (such as a life or death matter) many atheists would resort to prayer as a final chance of survival, suggesting that atheists can comprehend the idea of prayer. Some would argue that surely atheists would not do such a thing if they believed prayer experiences only exist in the 'mind of the believer.'

  1. "The Sinner is often the Saint." In what way does Greene explore this paradox ...

    This affection for Sierra Leone and its people is what really divides Scobie from the other expatriates, and in contrast to their supercilious characteristics, his genuine and 'saintly' quality is emphasised. An example of Scobie's affection for the indigenous people is seen through Scobie's strong relationship with Ali, his steward.

  2. Compare and contrast the ways in the poets in Cluster 1 present ideas about ...

    In contrast, the poem "Nothing's Changed" expresses the inequality of people, "whites only inn". It is clear that the poet, Afrika, does not believe all people follow God's teaching that we are all equal. His anger is expressed throughout the poem, "anger of my eyes".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work