The Lotus Eaters Overview

A brief overview of the content in tennyson's 'The Lotus-Eaters'.

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  • Created on: 12-01-15 19:21
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  • The Lotus-eaters and Choric Song
    • Context
      • The story is from Homers 'Odessy' which tells the story of Ulysses' 10 year journey home following the 10 year Trojan wars.
      • According to the 'Odessy', Ulysses and his men were blown off course and onto a land inhabited by the lotus eaters, a placid race of people who survive by eating the plant.
      • Some of the men eat the plant and lotus all drive to return home.
      • Ulysses eventually had to force the men to leave the land.
    • Stanza 1, The Lotus Eaters
      • Ulysses and his mariners arrive on the shore of the lotus eaters.
      • The place seems to be quiet, slow and gentle
      • 'In the afternoon they came unto a land In which it seemed always afternoon.'
    • Stanza 2, The Lotus Eaters
      • Further description of the land.
      • 'Slow-dropping, veils of thinnest lawn did go'
    • Stanza 3, The Lotus Eaters
      • Further description of the land which seems devoid of signs of cities or towns. The people of the land names 'The Lotus-Eaters' arrive.
      • 'The mild-eyed melancholy Lotus-Eaters came'
    • Stanza 4, The Lotus-Eaters
      • The Lotus-Eaters give the men 'flower and fruit' of the Lotus plant which seems to have a curious effect on the men, like a drug.
      • 'And deep-asleep he seem'd, yet all awake'.
    • Stanza 5, The Lotus-Eaters
      • The men, having eaten the Lotus, dream about the 'Fatherland,/Of child, and wife, and slave'
      • Because they are 'weary' of travel, they decide to give up on their journey home and remain where they are forever.


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