What is the theme of "The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson?

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Eagle” uses imagery to portray the king of the skies: the eagle.  Tennyson traveled in the Pyrenees where he often saw eagles circling overhead.  The beauty of the scenes inspired him to write this tribute to the great bird of prey.


The narration is third person point of view providing the information as though the reader were watching a documentary about the eagle. The theme suggested in the poem is the majesty of nature. Man cannot usually see the eagle because of the places that it chooses to build its nests.  Most of the time man can only imagine what the eagle’s movement and life are like. The freedom and beauty of this unparalleled bird is mother nature at its most...

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