Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses is a Dramatic Monologue

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Please illustrate the poetic form of Tennyson’s Ulysses and give reasons to prove it? 

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Tennyson has written it in form of dramatic monologue, as you know in this form a poet speaks through an assumed voice and speaker reveals his character to the silent listener in a theatrical manner. So as Tennyson has done this in a voice of his character in the poem. An aging warrior sorrowfully surveys his old memories as if he is speaking to other persons. For instance, when he explains, “you and I are old.” In fact, in his imagination he speaks to his old war heroes and directed at his audience indirectly, which we commonly see in a typical dramatic monologue.

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