Humble Life of Ulysses: Homer's Poem

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One of the greatest honors that a writer can behold is creating such an amazing piece of literature that resounds year after year. It is inherently known that Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey are some of these amazing texts. Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote about The Odyssey in 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 under the name Odysseus. In this poem, Ulysses is describing his deep urge to go out into the wild unknown and seek out one last adventure-one last hurrah. In a strange twist of irony, it is when Ulysses reaches his goal, finally returning home to his wife and son, that he realizes his true desire.” (Gaboury, 2011) Throughout analyzing Tennyson’s great poem, we can understand that Ulysses’ purpose was to explore all facets of the Earth until he is dead, this concept though contrasts with his previous experiences, but through those experiences he garners a humble attitude.
First of all, we can see Ulysses’ purpose in Tennyson’s poem was to explore the vastness of the Earth throughout his life. In Tennyson’s poem, he writes: “Push off, and sitting well in order smite the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all the western stars, until I die.” (pg. 973 lines 58-61) He fully intended on living life to the fullest...

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