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Lord Alferd Tennyson presents to us in the poem Ulysses an old sailor a warrior and a king who is in retrospection on his experiences of a lifetime of travel Ulysses old age and strong will causes him to be restless and unable to be comfortable at home He chooses a life of travel over his family because that is what he knows best Because of his faults we identify with his character As a result Ulysses attempts to go on to face a new but familiar journey not knowing if it would be his last By connecting with Ulysses courage he awakens the heroic spirit in all of usAt home Ulysses is unable to adjust to old age Regardless of his physical body he feels his spirit is still longing for travel He feels as though his wife is too old and he governs the people with no respect Matched with an aged wife I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race That hord and sleep and feed and know not of me3-5 Ulysses condescends his own son by describing his timidness to rule the people and how his son is more capable of the common duties Ulysses boasts with a sense of superiority in trying to reassure himself This is my son mine own Telemachus To whom I leave the scepter and the isle- Well-loved of me discerning to fulfill This labor by slow prudence to make mild A rugged people and through soft degrees Subdue them to the useful and the good Most blameless is he centered in the sphere Of common duties decent not to fail In offices of tenderness and pay Meet adoration to my household gods When I am gone He works his work I mine 33-43 Being a life long traveler prevented Ulysses from learning any of the responsibilities of being a father and
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