Summary of The Lotos- Eaters By Alfred Lord Tennyson

Summary of The Lotos- Eaters By Alfred Lord Tennyson


Summary: Ulysses and his sailors came to the strange land of the Lotos-Eaters in the time of their wandering. It was an island where sad, mild-eyed lotos-eaters live. The land is always seemed afternoon and all the things also seemed the same. A sleepy dream air always blew all around the coast. Innumerable streams descended on the valley like wreaths of smoke, under unenergetic moon. For above, the rosy sunset made the three old, snow-clad mountain tops blush. The sun seemed to be setting in the west, but doing so slowly.


In the pale darkness the Lotos-eaters gathered round the ship of Ulysses. They carried in their hands branches full of fruits and flowers of the magic lotos to celebrate them. They were so charming and nice that they made temptation to the sailors. Among them the sailors who had taken the taste of the Lotos became lazy and dreamy and they had fallen in the deep sleep.

They landed from their ships and seated themselves on the yellow sand of the sea-shore. At that time the setting sun was before them and the rising moon was behind them. The sweet murmur of the steams sounded like music in their ears. It gave them much delight to think of their homes, their children and their wives, but to get up again and to labor in their ships seemed to be unwelcome task.

They sang of the sweet music, falling in cadence softer then the rustle of the falling rose petals, or the night dew in silent streams. They started thinking if death is the inevitable end of life so all labor is meaningless. A ceaseless battle against evil promises no happiness. So, why they should be victims of hard work and bitter sorrow, where all the things in nature enjoy rest. Leaves, flowers and fruits, in fact, everything grows and decays in peace. There is no fuss, no hustle, and all is ripening towards death peacefully. Man alone is toiling. They ask themselves why men’s life should be full of labor and they should not spend it peacefully and enjoy rest. Thus the sailors of Ulysses argued. 

Therefore, they wanted to stay in the island of Lotos-eaters. They would think of their dead friends and past experiences in peaceful recollection. Though, they loved their family very much but now it was totally useless to return to their family. They have been absent from home for a long time. They must have been taken for dead and their children must have taken over responsibilities at home. 

So they thought it best to be left alone. It would be far more pleasant to recline on the beds of fragrant flowers on the island and hear the soft sounds of the water and waves of the ocean in the distance.

They have already toiled hard enough. They would wander no more. It was the time to take rest. They would take rest on the hills like gods in their heavenly abodes. After all, the gods are indifferent to man’s suffering; in fact they take pleasure in man’s sorrows. The sailors too will take rest and wander no more.


Edited by: Mahir Dhaka, Bangladesh. Cell: +8801919879309, +8801761519111. 



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