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. It also says, "at times the fool," he even admits his own patheticness. This is a reflection of the writer, this is a women's perspective, whereas Ulysses is a written by a man and is the dramatic monologue of a strong king. Ulysses is shown as a proud and brave king, it says, "and not to yield," he is shown in the end of his life and tells of how he is not afraid of death. He speaks in a determined way and has accepted old age and death, he is a complete contrast of character compared to Ulysses, and one is the brave and strong king while the other is weak and helpless.
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Both poems make references to ageing, Prufrock is annoyed at growing old, he makes points of balding, he also says, "I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker," his time has passed, he is annoyed that he has past is peak and feels he will not achieve anything in life. It's clear he is disappointed he won't leave a legacy behind, his name will be forgotten in the ages. Ulysses is the opposite he has left a legacy, it says, "the isle well loved of me," he will be remembered, it says, "I am become a name," ...

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