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Comment 25 of 75, added on March 19th, 2008 at 10:13 AM.
Ha! you have this for AP? im a freshman and im doing this in our 2nd six
weeks and have to have a resource paper for it. Still a good poem.
the man from United States
Comment 24 of 75, added on February 28th, 2008 at 2:33 PM.
ulysses is another name for Odysseus, it is his name in roman language
learned that from english teacher
sara from United States
Comment 23 of 75, added on February 27th, 2008 at 9:05 PM.
Does anyone know what the theme of this poem is? Please help me out someone
from United States
Comment 22 of 75, added on December 16th, 2007 at 4:25 PM.
Ulysses is our 18th president, not the husband of Penelope. This mut be
referring to his reaction to the civil war. Odysseus's only name is
Frank from United States
Comment 21 of 75, added on June 7th, 2007 at 4:09 PM.
I think she recognizes that the gesture is ancient and universal; as such,
it has become a symbol of a woman's grief. At the end of the poem, she
realizes that it is, nonetheless, authentic. She is acknowledging that her
gesture of grief is beautiful and timeless because it's real.
Jacqueline from United States
Comment 20 of 75, added on May 6th, 2007 at 5:31 PM.
Let me get this straight, is Ulysses just another name for Odysseus?
Ginny from United States
Comment 19 of 75, added on April 29th, 2007 at 5:19 PM.
I just have one question, what is the MEANING of this poem?
Lex from United States
Comment 18 of 75, added on March 14th, 2007 at 12:48 AM.
I always thought this poem was about the nature of making art. Who was it
that said that poetry is "emotion, recollected in tranquility?"
Millay is crying in the first stanza, but even as she cries, she notices
her own emotion, her own attitude. The crying becomes self-conscious, a
gesture that indicates grief.
Penelope though, is like most of us, going through the day without
producing anything of lasting value, going through the motions the endless
routine (weaving, unweaving, weaving, unweaving) and for what? Poetry, like
Millay's, or the epic of Ulysses, is what endures.
Yet something is lost to the poet, the directness of the emotion, of being
Penelope "who really cried"
Susan from United States
Comment 17 of 75, added on February 28th, 2007 at 1:33 PM.
I have to do an analysis of this poem for an AP english class. If anyone
knows of any good sources for critical essays or analytical papers over
this particular poem it would be greatly appreciated.
Mary from United States
Comment 16 of 75, added on February 21st, 2007 at 1:15 AM.
The gesture is Odysseus' crying. The author is obviously trying to show
that Penelope's crying is real while when Odysseus cries, it is just a
gesture or formality. The poet uses words like tradition and gesture to
describe Odyssesus' crying. The "assembled throng" is the crowd of people
that gathered to see their king and queen together. Ulysseus' crying is
just for the crowd.
hannah from United States
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