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The Lotos-Eaters

The Lotos-Eaters


by Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Lotos-Eaters Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do you think that the sailors could be happy lying around on the beach for the rest of their lives? Does the poem suggest that work might be necessary in order to live a happy life? If so, where? 
  2. Are the sailors totally hypnotized here? Or is the Lotos just bringing out their true thoughts? Which parts of the poem support your answer?
  3. Do you think it's fair to say that this poem is about drugs? Does it make a point about the perils of drug use, or does that not seem like the point at all to you? Why do you think so?

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