Thesis: Through various poetic devices, Tennyson stresses the heroic qualities of potent endurance and insatiable curiosity within his poem “Ulysses” as attributes that can propel one to greatness.
Metaphor and personification as used in “Ulysses,” emphasizes the quality of indomitable endurance. Tennyson uses metaphor to stress the heroic attribute of powerful endurance. During the first stanza, Ulysses states “I am a part of all that I have met; / Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough / Gleams that untraveled world…”(18-21). ELABORATION .Tennyson’s usage of personification effectively portrays the heroic characteristic of indomitable endurance within the character of Ulysses. SIGNAL “I am become a name; / For always roaming with a hungry heart…” (12-13). ELABORATION . Thus, indomitable endurance is represented through metaphoric speech and personification.
Also, through Tennyson’s use of simile and metonymy, he illustrates Ulysses’ unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Tennyson emphasizes Ulysses’ voracious curiosity through the usage simile. At the conclusion of the first stanza, Ulysses proclaims “…And this great spirit yearning in desire / To follow knowledge like a sinking star / Beyond the utmost bound of human thought” (30-32). ELABORATION . Furthermore, Ulysses’ quest for knowledge. “EVIDENCE” . ELABORATION . Therefore, the usage of simile and metaphor within “Ulysses” suggest an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
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