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Please analyze "Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo.

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frandor | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM via web

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Please analyze "Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted October 24, 2010 at 3:59 PM (Answer #1)

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Essentially, the main idea of the poem is to set aside daily cares and assumptions and to allow the mind to become receptive and totally responsive. Lines 1-8 build to the image of “circles of motion,” also repeated in line 21; that is, to permit transcendent and unifying elements of the universe to reach one’s spirit. Notice that the speaker does not say “the eagle,” but rather “eagle,” as though the bird is an individual, not a species. The idea is that the world and the universe are alive, not dead, and that all things in it are beings that make life sacred. Eagle makes a circle high in the blue sky (line 11), a symbol of continuity and perfection because a circle has no beginning and no ending, and therefore is infinite like the universe. The repeated phrase emphasizes the conclusion.

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