Topics: Ulysses, Walter Raleigh, Alfred, Lord Tennyson Pages: 1 (428 words) Published: March 16, 2013
The poems Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson and Epitaph by Sir Walter Raleigh, both share the universal issues of their liminal journey from life to death and beyond. I believe that these universal issues resonate beyond the texts, because they discuss topics that have been relevant for thousands of years such as religion and also address the question so frequently asked by men over time, what becomes of one after death? The poem Epitaph written by Sir Walter Raleigh, begins by discussing his journey from birth until death in the quote “Our Youth, our joys, and all we have, and pays us but with age and dust.” Evidently this universal issue resonates beyond the text and after the author’s death because as long as people live they have and will always be able to relate to this journey from life to death. In the second part of the text Raleigh discusses faith and the liminal transition from life to death to the afterlife through the quote “And from which earth, and grave, and dust, the lord will raise me up, I trust.” Faith and religion and the afterlife have been questioned right throughout man’s time and have always been relevant, therefore these universal issues will resonate beyond the text and after the author has passed away. Right throughout the text Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson goes into depth about Odysseus journey from life to death and you get the opinion that Odysseus always wants to be somewhere else living life to the fullest, we can see this through the quote “how dull it is to pause, to make an end, to rust unburnished, not to shine in use!” People generally want to make the most of their life so therefore the can relate to the universal issue allowing it to resonate beyond the text. Later in the text Alfred also discusses his religious beliefs and faith in the lord to help him cross the liminal threshold from death to what lies beyond. The metaphor “To follow knowledge like a sinking star” shows his burning eternal desire to know what happens...
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