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date: 24 February 2020

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This article examines the relation between classical texts and Victorian poetry. While some works draw upon ancient Greek literature as a model for contemporary life, poems such as Tennyson’s ‘Ulysses’ and ‘The Lotos-Eaters’ undermine the heroic code of ancient epic by evoking a sense of melancholy and self-indulgence.

Keywords: Victorian poetry, classical texts, Greek literature, Homer, Alfred Tennyson

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