Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s epic poem "Ulysses" is composed as a dramatic monologue, consisting of four stanzas each of which frankly discuss the speakers current situation and yearning for adventure. The use of iambic pentameter provides a sense of fluidity to the speaker’s voice. The speaker reveals himself to be the protagonist of the poem with the opening line “It little profits that an idle king” (1). The use of the word “idle” offers the first clue as to one of the main themes of the poem. Tennyson
his famous poem Ulysses. Ulysses is Latin for Odysseus, the main character in Homer’s epic poem. In that poem, a man who has fought in the battle of Troy is on his way home, but it isn’t an easy travel. He is faced with many obstacles, and his home is being destroyed. Yet, he makes it back in time to restore order for his wife Penelope and son Telemachus. Beth Gaboury describes this when she writes: “The poem “Ulysses” by Alfred Tennyson is a narrative of the Greek mythology hero Ulysses, also known
Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s subject matter and tone of his poetry became drastically different following the death of his best friend (Cain 126), a reaction to bearing the emotional brunt of life without him. This friend, Arthur Henry Hallam, whom Tennyson met in the poets’ club at Trinity College in Cambridge, and who was also engaged to Tennyson’s sister (Cain 126) died in Vienna at age 22 of a cerebral aneurysm (Cash 6). Combining pure emotion and thought into one, Tennyson finished “Ulysses,” one of
“Ulysses”; Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Ten Lines): I cannot rest from travel; I will drink Life to the lees. All times I have enjoyed Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades Vexed the dim sea. I am become a name; For always roaming with a hungry heart Much have I seen and known-cities of men And manners, climates, councils, governments, Myself not least, but honored of them all- (“Tennyson” 5-15) Interpretation:
Ulysses by Alfred Tennyson 'Ulysses' is both a lament and an inspiring poem. Even modern readers who are not so familiar with the classics, can visualize the heroic legend of Ulysses, and so is not prepared for what he finds in the poem— not Ulysses the hero but Ulysses the man. Tennyson brings out the agony felt by Ulysses at his old age, The influence of the Industrial age can be seen in Tennyson's usage of the word 'profits' in the very first line . The character calls himself 'idle'
Alfred Tennyson gifted the Victorian Era, and the literary world with two iconic poems. The author explored the themes of personal development and culture clash in one of his most famous poems, “Ulysses”. Tennyson also discovered and analyzed the themes of love and death through his renowned and eminent poem, “Tears Idle, Tears”. The poet was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire in 1809 in the East Lindy district of England. Tennyson experienced numerous amounts of difficulties in his childhood and growing
combined collection of poems. After four years of grammar school, he enrolled himself in Scaitcliffe School, Englefield Green, and King England VI Grammar School. He joined a secret society known as Cambridge Apostles, when he entered Trinity College in 1827. Tennyson was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Metal in 1829, with his first composition “Timbuctoo”. A year after, his first solo poem collection “Poems Chiefly Lyrical” was published. This collection included famous poems like “Claribel” and “Mariana”
because of the remarkable range of his talents and his dedication throughout his long career to perfecting his art." "Tennyson's long list of works showed his consistent inspiration and creative vitality, beginning with poems, Chiefly Lyrical (1830) and extending to The Death of Oenone and Other Poems, published after his death more than 60 years later" (Dunn 169). Tennyson's works were melancholic, and reflected the moral and intellectual values of his time, which made them especially vulnerable