- File Size: 71 KB
- Print Length: 4 pages
- Publication Date: January 2, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006T1WCKU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ulysses Kindle Edition
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The narrator is Ulysses who has returned home after many years of adventures. Instead of resting on his laurels he prepares to set out again. The poem is his telling of his thought before setting out, and also his describing the work of his son Telemechaus who will stay home, and ' tame a savage race' do the work of the ruler that Ulysses himself should perhaps be doing.
Ulysses is as he understands himself on the verge of Old Age, and yet feels the need to explore and more deeply know the world. He shows his great appreciation of his comrades who will set out with him. He sees his own life as an endless quest and adventure in which he becomes part of all he meets. He rejects the idea that to live is merely to breathe, and sees that life in order to be true life must for him have a setting out a challenge a movement to a new world. He too aware of the great struggles and sufferings he and his comrades have gone through in the past , shows courage in setting out again.
He proclaims his faith in this view of life in the powerful closing stanza of the work.
" Tho much is taken, much abides, and though we are not that strength/ which in old days moved earth and heaven/ that which we are we are / one equal temper of heroic hearts/ made weak by time and Fate/ But strong in will/ To strive , to seek, to find, and not to yield."
A great great poem indeed.
It is truly wonderful, one of my favorite since I was younger, so no question I had to have it in my Kindle.
A MUST READ TO ANYONE
I really enjoy this poem and love having it on my Kindle (and iPhone through the Kindle app) so I can access it anytime.
We are asked to provide 'reflections' before meetings at the organization where I work and plan to use sections of Ulysses for the next one I need to choose and recite.
I am very pleased I have read and enjoyed this piece of work...an insightful view of old age and Ulysses as I know him from Greek Mythology with application to present life.