"The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is a short, six-line poem consisting of two stanzas. Both stanzas are three lines long. Each stanza uses a single rhyme sound, and thus, the rhyme scheme is aaa bbb.
A poetic line is identified by the smallest repeated rhythmic unit in the poem, which is called a "foot," and the number of feet in each line. English poetry is accentual-syllabic, meaning that the repeated patterns involve alternation of stressed and unstressed syllables and that both types of syllables are counted as part of the metrical pattern.
The basic metrical pattern of the poem is iambic tetrameter. This means that each line consists of four feet (thus tetrameter) and each foot consists of a unstressed followed by an stressed syllable (an iamb). As with most poems, a certain number of metrical variations or substitutions exist in the poem to avoid monotony. In the line "Close to the sun in lonely lands," an initial trochee (stressed followed by unstressed syllable) is substituted for...
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