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Ulysses


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A poem by Tennyson, composed 1833, published 1842. In a dramatic monologue Ulysses describes how he plans to set forth again from Ithaca after his safe return from his wanderings after the Trojan war, ‘to sail beyond the sunset’. The episode is based on Dante (Inferno, xxvi). It expresses the poet's sense of ‘the need of going forward and braving the struggle of life’ after the death of A. H. Hallam.

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