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In the poem Ulysses author Alfred Tennyson shows us a Ulysses that is quite different from the one we are used to from such epics as the Iliad and the Odyssey In the first of three sections of the poem Tennysons Ulysses is a begrudged and aging man who feels disappointed with the latter years of his life He feels that his life is pointless unless he can get out and do some more adventuring He is also very disappointed that people are forgetting about his past adventures unto a savage race that hoard and sleep and feed and know not me The whole mood of the section seems to reflect the uselessness of a life with out purpose Ulysses is restless to go out and gain fame and glory once again while having wild adventures In the second section of the poem Ulysses enters into a slightly better mood while he talks about his son Telemachus However he does not speak much of his love for his son rather what a big job his son would inherit after he was gone This labor by slow prudence to make mild a rugged people this section also seems to suggest that while Ulysses is proud of his son they both go about their own business without much interaction He works his work I mine In the last section of the poem Ulysses gets very nostalgic about the days when he and his sailor used to go out and adventure He reflects on the greatness and prestige that he and his men once had He goes on to say that while they may not have their former strength they can still go out and adventure and if they are killed at least they will die with glory Ulysses is a dramatic monologue that is written in iambic pentameter Tennyson makes good use of figures of speech through out the poem An example of one of
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