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Conformity and Rebellion The poem I chose to write about is Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson It is a poem based on Homers Odyssey which is the story of Odysseus Ulysses and his journeys Odysseus was King of Ithaca and leader of the Greek army The Greeks sailed into Troy to fight what turned out to be a lengthy battle After ten years at war Odysseus and the Greek army conquered Troy and set out on their voyage home On their journey they encountered a series of adventures I plan to discuss what the poem Ulysses is about why it was written and what it means Ulysses is a speech Odysseus gives to his sailors rebelling against his life and conformity after he reclaimed the throne in Ithaca According to Dante Ulysses never returned to Ithaca because of his love for adventure Tennyson combines Dantes ending with Homers to show Ulysses rebellious nature In his speech Ulysses explains why he wants to leave Ithaca forever He says that he has returned home and found his wife is old and his duties as King are only to make sure the laws are kept He does not want to live a life of conformity instead he wants to drinkLife to the lees 283 Lees are the sediments left at the bottom of wine when it is made Ulysses is saying that he wants to live life to the fullest and that he is leaving because he has become a part of the world that he created through his journeys Tennyson shows this in the statement I am part of all that I have met 283 Ulysses feels that if he stays in Ithaca he will be wasting his life He says that he does not want to feel like a set of armor left to rust Telemechus Ulysses son is left in charge as King of Ithaca Ulysses believes that his son is better for Ithaca than
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