Historical Context

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Tennyson was appointed by Queen Victoria to be England’s Poet Laureate in 1850, a year before “The Eagle” was first published, and he...

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Literary Style

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“The Eagle: A Fragment” is written in two stanzas of three lines each and utilizes the iambic-tetrameter form of meter. Iambic meter is...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Amis, Kingsley, “Introduction,” in Tennyson, Penguin Books, 1973, pp. 7–19.


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Compare and Contrast

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  • 1851: The Crystal Palace is commissioned for the first World’s Fair, London Great Exposition. Made of glass walls, it is the...

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Topics for Further Study

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Write a brief descriptive poem about an animal, making people look at it in a way they never have before. In the last line, include a...

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Media Adaptations

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A group named Techno has a short clip of music incorporating Tennyson’s poem into what they call “a groovin’ ramble,” available at...

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What Do I Read Next?

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One of Tennyson’s most respected biographers, Norman O. Page, wrote the text accompanying a book of pictures illustrating the poet’s life...

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