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Describe the setting of "Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo, and the context clues that point to...

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Posted October 3, 2011 at 2:14 AM via web

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Describe the setting of "Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo, and the context clues that point to that setting.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 3, 2011 at 2:27 AM (Answer #1)

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"Eagle Poem", by Joy Harjo is a poem about spirituality and environment.  The author takes care to emphasize the importance of meditation and not only the awareness of ourselves and the world around us, but of our spiritual connection to that world.  So part of the setting is within the author's mind.  Context clues for that include such words and phrases as "to pray", and "languages that aren't always sound" as well as "we were born and die soon in a circle of motion". 

Another setting is the natural environment, with context references not only to Eagle, but "open yourself to "sky, to Earth, to Sun and to Moon".  Harjo is making clear the connection between the environment around us and the spirit she believes is so important.

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