Victorian, tennyson, ulysses

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Victorian, tennyson, ulysses

  1. 1.  1833-1901 Booming economy, rapid growth ◦ Brutal factory conditions, filthy slums Despite negative aspects, great optimism ◦ Faith in making everything right with the world ◦ Attempts to expand democracy, help the poor
  2. 2.  Women ◦ Allowed to attend universities ◦ Workday reduced Children ◦ Free grammar schools ◦ Workday reduced Living/Working conditions ◦ Public sanitation ◦ Regulated factories and housing Business ◦ Repeal of Corn Laws (high taxes on grain) ◦ Free trade
  3. 3.  1809-1892 Most popular poet of Victorian Era Influenced by Romantic poets “One of the finest looking men in the world. A great shock of rough dusty-dark hair; bright- laughing hazel eyes…of sallow-brown complexion, almost Indian-looking.”  Thomas Carlyle
  4. 4.  4th of 12 children Educated by his father at a young age Bitter, angry father  unhappy home environment Cambridge University ◦ Bored, disappointed by classes Best friend, Arthur Henry Hallum, died at 22 (stroke) ◦ Devastated Tennyson, inspired work Hallum
  5. 5.  Became incredibly popular in London 1850  Queen Victoria appointed him poet laureate after Wordsworth died 1884  made a baron, added “Lord” to name ◦ First English author to earn this title for his writing
  6. 6.  Speaker: the person who „says‟ the words of a poem; not necessarily the poet Speaker categories: ◦ Fictional or Real ◦ Generalized (not described in specific detail) or Specific (given a detailed identity)
  7. 7.  Tennyson shows different experiences of time: ◦ Perpetual present (nothing significant changes) ◦ Restless movement from past accomplishment into an unknown future ◦ Loss of the past
  8. 8.  Based on Homer‟s epic the Odyssey Story of Greek king (Ulysses) who fought in the Trojan War for 10 years then wandered the seas for 10 more Ulysses returns home to Ithaca and faces old age Restless- considers going on another journey
  9. 9. 1. Who is the speaker? ◦ (fictional/real, generalized/specific)2. Lines 1-5, Ulysses says its pointless to do what?3. L.11-12: What does Ulysses feel he is a symbol of?4. L.19-21: (a) When is the only time the world‟s “margin fades” and (b) what does this mean?5. L.30-32: What does Ulysses‟ “gray spirit” desire?6. L.43: What does Ulysses mean by “he works his work, I mine”?7. L.49: To whom is Ulysses speaking when he says “you and I are old”?8. L.52-55: What does he believe may still be done before “the long day wanes”?9. L.59-61: What is Ulysses‟ goal/purpose?10. What is Ulysses‟ overall attitude towards life?

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