Dating delights discontents dilemmas
I propose to displace the postcolonial approach to The Tempest criticism with a revisioning of this a play as allegorizing humanism's positive and negative characteristics.I will argue that The Tempest is a humanist play in the sense that it engages with the humanist world and politics at a number of levels.
As the poem begins, Ulysses has returned to his kingdom, Ithaca, having made a long journey home after fighting in the Trojan War.(8) While these critics focus on specific humanist topics--philosophy, ethics of government, poetic eloquence--I want to explore a variety of topics that connect some of the philosophical, rhetorical, and aesthetic features of the play as a composite humanist structure, and how such topics overlap in producing one of the most complex of Shakespeare's late plays. "Ulysses" is a poem in blank verse by the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), written in 1833 and published in 1842 in his well-received second volume of poetry.The dominant discourse in this play is humanism, embodied in Prospero as a teacher and narrator.Yet the play is also a critique of humanist practice of education and government, with Prospero playing a failed governor who valued humanist principles but fell short of applying them to the practice of governing.His son Telemachus will inherit the throne that Ulysses finds burdensome.
While Ulysses thinks that Telemachus will be a good king—"Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere / Of common duties" (39)—he seems to have lost any connection to his son—"He works his work, I mine" (43)—and the conventional methods of governing—"by slow prudence" and "through soft degrees" (36, 37).
Despite his reunion with his wife Penelope and son Telemachus, Ulysses yearns to explore again.
The character of Ulysses (in Greek, Odysseus) has been explored widely in literature.
Confronted again by domestic life, Ulysses expresses his lack of contentment, including his indifference toward the "savage race" (line 4) whom he governs.
Ulysses contrasts his present restlessness with his heroic past, and contemplates his old age and eventual death—"Life piled on life / Were all too little, and of one to me / Little remains" (24–26)—and longs for further experience and knowledge.
The view that Tennyson intended a heroic character is supported by his statements about the poem, and by the events in his life—the death of his closest friend—that prompted him to write it.