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by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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"The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls"--What image does this line convey to you?

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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. Particularly large wrinkles would be trimmed in foamy white as the sea crashes against itself or against the rocks on the shore.

Since the eagle is watching from a vantage point on "mountain walls," it is possible that the water is clear enough to see to the bottom of the sea in that area, so the wrinkles could be uneven rocks below the surface of the water. They might be broken up and jagged, might be folded into creases by the movement and formation of the earth's crust, or they may be worn into smooth contours by the action of the waves over many years.

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abdhullahshifer | Student

What is the sentence " close to the sun in lonely lands " referred as?

ibrahim98 | Student

It means that the Eagle is so high that it sees the sea as wrinkled(like a shirt which needs ironing) and the waves make it look as though the sea is crawling towards the shore.

candyflosssssssss | Student

This line means that the eagle is flying so high that the sea and river beneath it looks like wrinkles and the waves of sea also look like crumpy. This could also be the rocks and the sediments benath the sea or river. This is a "personification as sea has wrinkles".