Journal on Ulysses

PosterĄG Esther Wu at 6:37:54 3/3/98 from

Briefly speaking, in my opinion this poem is
talking about an old hero who doesn't want yield
at the drawing of DEATH.
First of all, the structure of this poem is
based on Ulysses' narration. At the beginning he
is "complaining" about his people, his wife, even
his kingdom. He seems not very well satisfies with
all of them that he doesn't wanna pay attention on
them nor respect and care. And then he starts to
commemorate the good old past he had had before.
"All times I enjoyed Greatly, have suffered
greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone;
on shore, and when Thro' scudding drifts the rainy
Hyades Vext the dim sea. I am become a name;ĄK" he
is proud of himself that he went through all the
difficulties and challenges and made successfully
his name on the history book. However, he knows
that he's gonna die "How dull it is to pause, to
make an end," he shows strongly that he still
wants to do something good. And the 2nd paragraph
he talks about his son whom he pays great love on
him. And he mentions that he is a teacher.
However, he seems to pay no respect on his son
again that he says: He works his work, I mine.
Until now we can get a rough idea about his
selfishness of love. The 3rd part of this poem he
talks about his mariners. He seems to miss the
good old time they had together a lot. "My
mariners, Souls that have toiled, and wrought and
thought with me," and he is also aware of the
coming of his last breath that he says: -you and I
are old; Old age hath yet his honor and his toil."
But at the end- I consider a very good end- he
shows his last strength striving. It makes me lay
sympathy on this tragic hero.
As for the questions on the list, the listeners here are more implied. Not until the end of this poem does the listeners show up, that is the mariners!


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