Ulysses and Telemachus

James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California


Note 15 to Chapter 3 of the author's Tennyson's Major Poems, which Yale University Press published in 1975. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

Or merely turns to discuss Telemachus. Whether or nor Telemachus is there could be important, but it is not a soluble problem. I think it is consistent with the outrageousness of Ulysses's appeals that he should say these things in public with his son present; I think the formal introduction, "This is my son, mine own Telemachus" (l. 33), suggests a public statement. But I realize that arguments like these cannot be final.


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