what is the main thing ulysses wanted?
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More than anything else, Ulysses wants to keep moving..... he wants to sail and experience new things regardless of his age. So long as he can do “something ere the end, / Some work of noble note,” Ulysses wants to be doing it. Although the coming night in the poem reflects the waning years of their lives, it “is not too late to seek a newer world.” The “many voices” of the ocean call out to them to come back—the voices of experiences past and of experiences yet to come. Their life is fulfilling when they are adventuring on the sea. No matter how much strength they have, while they have it they retain the strength of “will / To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”