# The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson is considered one the finest English Romantic poets. As with William Wordsworth, his contemporary and predecessor as Poet Laureate of England, Tennyson wrote many poems...

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"The wrinkled sea" could be a wonderfully imaginative description of the peaks and valleys formed by the waves below the eagle's viewpoint as the tide "crawls" in and out along the shoreline....

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The master of the skies! “The Eagle” has no equal in his domain. Alfred Lord Tennyson portrays this magnificent bird of prey with its great vision, powers of flight, and powerful talons....

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To find stressed and unstressed syllables, you have to listen carefully to yourself as you read the verses, preferably aloud. Which syllables, not words, do you emphasize? For instance, consider...

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In this brief poem, "crooked hands" is being used to describe an eagle's crooked claws. The eagle, often described as a noble and regal creature, is old and decrepit. The eagle still sits high on a...

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A complete paraphrase of the this short poem could be the following: He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringed with the azure world, he stands. There is a...

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Nature is used in the poem as a way of highlighting the characteristics of the eagle. The eagle, though an animal and therefore part of the natural world, is at the same time set apart from it. His...

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One of the prominent themes in this poem is that even the most majestic of creatures (including people) have limitations. In poetry and literature, the eagle is often a symbol for majesty, power,...

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Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem "The Eagle" speaks to a dying eagle which falls into the sea beneath him. The poem is a short six line poem, broken into two stanzas. Each stanza is called a tercet...

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Eagle" is a six line poem. It is written using two tercets (stanzas containing three lines). For the most part, the meter of the poem is iambic tetrameter. An iamb is a...

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Tennyson describes the eagle's claws as "crooked hands". This is personification, giving human qualities to nonhuman things. He refers to the eagle's "hands" to tell us that the...

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This short little poem is loaded with literary devices that connect to the overall intention of the poem which is to present the majesty of an eagle. Here are few of note: the claws of the eagle...

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Alfred Lord Tennyson's "The Eagle" gives very specific qualities to the main subject of the poem: the eagle. Within each line, one can identify specific traits the eagle possesses. "He crasps the...

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The eagle is personified in Tennyson's poem. Personification occurs when human qualities are given to an object or an animal. The eagle "clasps," has "hands" and "stands" as he surveys the blue sea...

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The poem 'The Eagle' by the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson is written from the point of view of an observer as we can see by the lines 'He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely...

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The eagle is the active figure in the poem and seems to possess the power of choice in addition to an implied power to destroy. In these ways, the eagle may be said to be presented as a symbol of...

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Although there has been some discussion over the years as to the meaning of the last line of the poem, the most common interpretation is that the eagle does indeed die, a victim of old age and...

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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...

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This imagery poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson originates from his experiences while traveling as a young man in the Pyrenees. The poem was written before Tennyson was respected as one of the great...

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Romantic literature tends to focus on the wonders of nature, the importance of the individual and his or her experiences, and intense emotion as a means of establishing truth. "The Eagle," by...

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Not all poetry includes moral or ethical lessons. Sometimes, a poet is simply moved by an experience, an emotion, or a happening and feels as though the only way to capture it is to write it down...

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In the first line, the speaker describes the eagle standing on a rock. The rock is a crag which is an uneven rock. His "hands" are crooked. The repetition of the "c" sound signifies the tough life...

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On the literal level, the poem is simply a description of an eagle who sits high on a rock above the water, then dives down. As a poem, it gains the power it has through the quality of its...

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The eagle in Alfred Lord Tennyson's "The Eagle" is undoubtedly a noble figure, and "The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls" can easily be interpreted as a sign of the eagle's pride. The line...

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I do agree that "The Eagle" isn't mere description. It if were, it is unlikely that we would care very much about reading it, especially nearly two hundred years after it was written. The point of...

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First, the eagle is personified, described as having "hands," and this is a big clue that he represents more than just an eagle (line 1). In addition, the fact that his hands are described as...

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No, the poem isn't just about a bird; we can also interpret it as a comment on absolute power and the effects of such power on humans. Personifying the eagle as having "crooked hands," gives us a...

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In "The Eagle," Tennyson provides a great deal of specific imagery to allow his reader to better visualize his subject. First, he states that the subject "clasps the crag with crooked hands." A...

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The first way in which these words work is by alliteration. The sequence clasps – crag - crooked – Close – crawls` repeats a harsh initial consonant, adding dramatic intensity to the poem...

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The poem "The Eagle" by Alfred Lord Tennyson is often admired as much as the majestic bird itself. From the very beginning in the first line "He clasps the crag with crooked hands" readers see...

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Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert were admirers of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poetry. Tennyson was named the national poet of Great Britain. After his knighting, he became the most renowned...

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This little gem of a poem packs quite a vivid description of an eagle into a mere 6 lines! The poem describes a lone eagle as it perches on a stoney outcrop above water below. In the last line...

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This poem has never struck me as addressing the qualities of a good leader; rather, it seems to outline the qualities of a rather bad leader, one who is more concerned with retaining his power and...

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson is considered one of the greatest English Romantic poets of the 19th century. He held, for many years, the prestigious position of Poet Laureate of England. Like all Romantic...

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The poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, likely describes the eagle as having "hands" rather than "claws" or "talons" because he wants to make it clear that the poem isn't just about an eagle. On the one...

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The eagle is being compared to a thunderbolt in line six using a simile: "And like a thunderbolt he falls." In the first part of Tennyson's poem, we see the eagle perched high upon a...

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There is much in the poem to indicate that the animal in the poem can be seen as a metaphor for the human experience. One element that depicts the human predicament is the idea that the eagle is...

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson briefly but vividly describes the behavior of the titular bird in his poem "The Eagle." It is accurate to say that Tennyson's poem portrays both "the glory of nature" and...

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Along with Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Shelley and Keats, Alfred, Lord Tennyson is considered one of the premiere English Romantic poets. Romantic poetry often focused on nature. For example, one of...

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Let's look at this short poem of only six lines: He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ring'd with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him...

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On one level, the poem could just be about the experience of an eagle. He's up on a mountaintop, by himself, in a clear blue and sunny sky. The eagle is up so high that the sea looks like...

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"The Eagle" is a poem by Tennyson consisting of two three-line stanzas. The meter of the poem is iambic tetrameter. The rhyme scheme is AAA BBB. The punctuation follows the normal conventions of...

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I think Tennyson is trying to do one of two things by using the pronoun "he" to describe the bird. He could be trying to elevate and equate the bird with humans, or Tennyson could be trying to...

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The Eagle is the symbol of Zeus. Add to that the reference to thunderbolts, another symbol of Zeus, and this could perhaps become a poem about the nature of the gods. If this is the case, Zeus (or...

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Nature is depicted as being quite beautiful due to the imagery Tennyson employs. We can visualize a majestic eagle atop a "crag" -- a rocky and rugged mountaintop -- who is "Close to the sun"...

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The speaker says that the eagle "clasps the crag with crooked hands" (line 1). The word clasps indicates how tightly the eagle clings to his leadership position; he seems tenacious, even...

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A simile is a comparison of two unlike things using a word such as like or as to compare the two things. The fence posts stood like sentries between the two empty fields of grass. The fence posts...

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This is an interesting question. I did not know that there was an alternative version of this poem. The change was probably made for alliteration's sake--to continue the hard "c" sound in the first...