Alfred Lord Tennyson

(6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892 / Lincoln / England)

Ulysses - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
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Form: Dramatic Monologue

Comments about Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • (12/19/2017 8:57:00 AM)

    ‘Sail on’ no matter what! but especially as you age. Sublime encouragement for a 74 year old (Report) Reply

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  • Muzahidul Reza (11/17/2017 12:33:00 AM)

    It little profits that an idle king,
    By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
    Match'd with an aged wife, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , outstanding!
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  • (9/27/2017 4:54:00 AM)

    The quest for love and peace with life supports. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bjpafa Meragente (8/20/2017 2:39:00 PM)

    We all miss Troy. with its topless towers. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/14/2017 7:51:00 PM)

    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    Nice words!
    Well communicated!

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  • Uzefa Rashida M.a (2/19/2016 10:26:00 AM)

    An inspiring poem teaching mankind to live life to the lees, every word teaches us to strive, seek, find, and not to yield till you achieve. It adds a new hope towards success and greater confidence in me. (Report) Reply

  • (9/9/2015 9:24:00 AM)

    This man no fine artist.His words do not teach, inspire or hold the readers interest.His writings long as he must think the tree worthless to die for such doodlings.-Albert George Vinny (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2014 11:24:00 PM)

    Of Tennyson's many, I still think this one is his best - unsentimental, regularly iambic but simulating plain speech, simple and accessible, but thoughtful and rather sophisticated. To have written one such poem is to have earned the reputation of a genuine poet. (And, of course, Tennyson has many, many others.) (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2014 9:33:00 AM)

    This poem is based less on the Odyssey than on Dante's discussion of Ulysses in the Divine Comedy. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammad Skati (8/30/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    A great poem by a genius poet. (Report) Reply

  • (9/29/2013 11:50:00 PM)

    Only recently discovered this gem and was so taken with it that within a week I had memorized it.
    It must be an age thing but I doubt if I could have resonated with this poem 40 years ago when I was taking English Literature in university. What a timely find.
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  • Muzaffer Akin (8/30/2013 2:54:00 PM)

    Perfect poem..when I'll write like that beautiful poems...never! (Report) Reply

  • (8/30/2013 1:24:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem! Love it (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/30/2013 2:31:00 AM)

    Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson in poetic form and the same James Joyce in a prose form or a novel both are the great work LT perfection on historical poem is indeed a great work we must read to grasp the style (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (8/30/2013 12:45:00 AM)

    a celebrated piece...! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (9/16/2012 7:12:00 AM)

    Yes, indeed, a wonderful, wonderful poem. Read it together with Cavafy's Ithaca. Absolutely breathtaking! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/30/2012 11:29:00 AM)

    There is something in this kind of poetry which puts a spell on the reader. It gets into the blood stream and creates in the reader the feelings and the thoughts of the hero - as one reads, the breath quickens, and the body longs to be out there with Ulysses chancing one's arm against fate. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/30/2012 9:11:00 AM)

    Tennyson sought to achieve perfection others of his age never thought about! His quest for classical range as the taste of it is felt in this poem talks much about his ability in poetry! His poems are just like polished gems rare to be found among many of his calibre! (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir (8/30/2012 3:02:00 AM)

    @ shahzia...
    i so agree there...indeed lovely lines with an almost exotic charm, one reads in wonderment as the words literally from the sky, dance a tango fit neatly right in place to complete the jigsaw that the great poet’s mind weaves in astonishing richness.

    Some lines are picked verbatim from the original toils...and yet they fit in flawlessly

    wow to the masters.
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  • Shahzia Batool (8/30/2012 1:23:00 AM)

    My favorite lines from this master-piece:

    I cannot rest from travel; I will drink
    Life to the lees.................
    Old age hath yet his honor and his toil.
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
    It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
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