Alfred Tennyson on the guides of force in nature

The spacecraft Ulysses' gravity-assist manoeuvre at Jupiter
Artwork by David A. Hardy
Image credit: NASA JPL

I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world, whose margin fades
Forever and forever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!
As tho’ to breathe were life. Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains : but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things ; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge, like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
Alfred Tennyson in his poem Ulysses available in The poetical works of Alfred Tennyson, (1883), p. 88.

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“Ulysses: A Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson” posted by 1rgibson

The best I can tell, this video is an introduction to the “Ulysses” multimedia CD-ROM produced by IBM Educational Systems in late 1991 and early 1992. Here’s an informative review of a review, in the venerable Current Cites newsletter:

Flanders, Bruce “Multimedia Programs to Reach an MTV Generation”
American Libraries 23(2) (February 1992):135-137. An article directed towards the general library audience conveys the author’s impressions of two IBM multimedia products: Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond and the, perhaps mis-named, Illuminated Books and Manuscripts. IBM’s Educational Systems will certainly make a splash with these products (expected in June 1992) which need OS/2 (or DOS 4.0) and Micro Channel Architecture support provided by a new workstation. High-end hardware requirements aside, IBM seems determined to catch Apple in the multimedia arena, although the $2,000 price tag on each title may cause some to balk. The titles in Illuminated Books include Tennyson’s Ulysses, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Declaration of Independence, Dr. King’s Letters From Birmingham Jail and John Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks. Flanders presents a more in-depth view of the products in “IBM’s Impressive Multimedia Educational Programs” CD-ROM Librarian 7(1) (January 1992):32-36. — MT

— Mark Takaro in Current Cites, Volume 3, Number 3, March 1992.
Library Technology Watch Program, University of California, Berkeley
Edited by David F.W. Robison, ISSN: 1060-2356.


  • Added initial background material about video [ gf 12.27.2009 early am @ Shoal Creek, ATX ].

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I was inspired to find this poem after encountering this tweet by @jezzzer.

Alfred Tennyson Posted on behalf of on Saturday, December 19th, 2009 under Quotations.

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