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What does the poet mean by "the azure world" in the text of "The Eagle"?

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In line 3, when the narrator describes the eagle as "ring'd with the azure world," he means that the eagle is surrounded with or encircled by the bluest of blue skies: azure is the name of this pristine sky blue color, the blue we see on a perfectly sunny and clear day.  The eagle is perched very high up in the air, "clasp[ing] a crag" that is "close to the sun" (lines 1, 2).  He is alone and holding on to a tall mountaintop.  Thus, it seems as though we are sort of seeing the world the way the eagle sees it from high up on his mountain perch: the eagle perceives himself as being at the center of this blue circle of sky around him, and so this is what we see from the description as well. 

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