The Relationship Between Literature And Nature In Tennyson's Ulysses

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Eco-critics talk of the relationship between the text and the ecological value they show. In Tennyson’s Ulysses it exhibits the value of having a connection to nature and how it benefits the individual but also how ignoring the connection could jeopardize your view of nature and as a consequence, life. Since ecocriticism is the study of the relationship between literature and the physical environment, I’ll be looking at Tennyson’s anthropocentric poem Ulysses. In the poem it follows Ulysses a famous character from Roman and Greek mythology as he is about to embark on a voyage to seek the “untraveled world” and how his connection to nature inspires him. Ulysses looks to nature to provide answers to his issues, one being his mortality. In the eleventh book of The Odyssey, the prophet Tiresias predicts that Ulysses will go back to Ithaca (where he rules) and will undertake a new enigmatic voyage, upon this voyage he would die a peaceful "unwar like death"that comes vaguely "from the sea". At the end of this poem we see him embarking on this mission. Knowing he will soon die is the source of his need for immortality and thirst for the knowledge that his life wasn’t in vain. He says: "I am become a name", he became immortalized as a character from mythology, from fighting alongside Achilles and his infamous journey home which is the plot of The Odyssey, although he has achieved metaphorical immortality that will only survive as long as humans will, he seeks
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