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The mariners are put into an altered state when they eat the lotos. During this time, they are isolated from the world: All things have rest: Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb. What is it that will last? All things are taken from us, and become Portions and parcels of the dreadful past.
What pleasure can we have To war with evil? Is there any peace In ever climbing up the climbing wave? All things have rest, and ripen toward the grave In silence—ripen, fall, and cease: Give us long rest or death, dark death, or dreamful ease.
This relationship continues until the very end when the narrator describes their brotherhood as they abandon the world: Surely, surely, slumber is more sweet than toil, the shore Than labour in the deep mid-ocean, wind and wave and oar; O, rest ye, brother mariners, we will not wander more. Simeon Stylitesand Rizpah.
However, Tennyson changes the monologue format to allow for ironies to be revealed. However, the story of the mariners in Homer's work has a different effect from Tennyson's since the latter's mariners are able to recognize morality. With the connection to Spenser, Tennyson's story depicts the mariners as going against Christianity.
However, the reader is the one who is in the true dilemma, as literary critic James R. Kincaid argues, "The final irony is that both the courageous Ulysses and the mariners who eat the lotos have an easier time of it than the reader; they, at least, can make choices and dissolve the tension.
In the reversal, the idea of time as a protector of an individual is reversed to depict time as the destroyer of the individual. There is also a twist of the traditionally comic use of repetition within the refrain "Let us alone", which is instead used in a desperate and negative manner.
The mariners within The Lotos-Eaters are able to make an argument, and they argue that death is a completion of life. With this argument, they push for a release of tension that serves only to create more tension.
Thus, the mariners are appealing yet unappealing at the same time. In terms of story, The Lotos-Eaters is not obscure like The Hesperides nor as all-encompassing as Oenone but it still relies on a frame like the other two.
The frame is like The Hesperides as it connects two different types of reality, one of separation and one of being connected to the world. Like Oenone, the frame outlines the song within the poem, and it allows the existence of two different perspectives that can be mixed at various points within the poem.
The perspective of the mariners is connected to the perspective of the reader in a similar way found in The Hesperides, and the reader is called to follow that point of view to enjoy the poem. As such, the reader is a participant within the work but they are not guided by Tennyson to a specific answer.
As James Kincaid argues, "in this poem the reader takes over the role of voyager the mariners renounce, using sympathy for a sail and judgment for a rudder.
And if, as many have argued, the poem is 'about' the conflict between isolation and communality, this meaning emerges in the process of reading.
In the song, there are many images that are supposed to appeal to the reader. This allows for a sympathy with the mariners.
When the mariners ask why everything else besides them are allowed peace, it is uncertain as to whether they are asking about humanity in general or only about their own state of being. The reader is disconnected at that moment from the mariner, especially when the reader is not able to escape into the world of bliss that comes from eating lotos.
As such, the questioning is transformed into an expression of self-pity. The reader is able to return to being sympathetic with the mariners when they seek to be united with the world. They describe a system of completion, life unto death, similar to Keats 's " To Autumn ", but then they reject the system altogether.
Instead, they merely want death without having to experience growth and completion before death. In particular, the April review by John Croker claimed that The Lotos-Eaters was "a kind of classical opium-eaters" and "Our readers will, we think, agree that this is admirable characteristic; and that the singers of this song must have made pretty free with the intoxicating fruit.
How they got home you must read in Homer:A summary of “Ulysses” in Alfred Lord Tennyson's Tennyson’s Poetry. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Tennyson’s Poetry and what it means.
Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Also see: Prayers and Memorial Service for Mariners Advice on Going to Sea, Robert Goodwin. Cargoes, Marjorie Dent Candee. Convoy, Author unknown. Crossing the bar, Alfred Tennyson.
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The brook is a poem written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. In this poem, the brook plays the role of the narrator as it tells the reader about its journey.
was born at Tinakill, Queen's County, Ireland, in (the date is sometimes given as but is more usual, and the notices of his death stated that he was in his sixty-second year on 9 February ). More than any other Victorian writer, Tennyson has seemed the embodiment of his age, both to his contemporaries and to modern readers.
In his own day he was said to be—with Queen Victoria and Gladstone—one of the three most famous living persons, a reputation no.