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a.1.Destitute of a helmet.
2.Without a helm or rudder.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Initially, the dreamy experiences have seemed as pointless as those of the poet's waking life, as when he reports a troubling and unhelpful dream in section 4: "To Sleep I give my powers away; / My will is bondsman to the dark; / I sit within a helmless bark" (4.1-3).
And now my spirit sees The crack'd and founder'd navy of thy foes All helmless drift on shores how like to these!
Like a passenger of a "helmless bark" Tennyson moves alternately from numbed despair to self-awareness (IV), and finds composing poetry an anodyne for pain (V).