Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson
It little profits that an idle king,
Critical analysis of Ulysses
Subjective Note: The poem expresses the insatiable thirst of the human soul for knowledge. It was the spirit of the Italian Renaissance that made modern Europe what it is today. He has also given us here a picture of that mind. He kept up his attitude of mind throughout life and repeated in poem after poem the idea of the eternal search after truth beyond the limits hitherto attained.
Summary: Ulysses, king of Ithaca, had returned to his kingdom after twenty years of the Trojan War. He has wandered different strange and unknown places and seen many countries, lands and woods. At last he has returned to his house with full of experiences. Still speaking to himself he proclaims that he “cannot rest from travel” but feels compelled to live to the fullest and swallow every last drop of life. He has enjoyed all his experiences as a sailor who travels the seas, and he considers himself a symbol for everyone who wanders and roams the earth. Ulysses declares that his travels and encounters have shaped who he is: “I am a part of all that I have met,” he asserts. Ulysses declares that it is boring to stay in one place, and that to remain stationary is to rust rather than to shine;
Tithonus is a mythological poet of Alfred Tennyson who is a poet of Victorian age.In the poem he has mentioned the unpleasant immortality and the horrible sufferings of Tithonus. He also mentions that the result of the opposite sides of nature is always terrible and it always bears the horrible sufferings.