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Poetry Analysis: The Eagle

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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on 25 September 2012

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Transcript of Poetry Analysis: The Eagle

The Eagle By: Alfred, Lord Tennyson Analysis by Sarwan Shahkar He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls. The Eagle This poem is about an eagle, and explains its hunting. Each verse has eight syllables. The eight syllables can be divided into four feet. The first syllable of each foot is weak, and the next is strong. This patten is repeated, and is called iambic tetrameter. The poem is made up of two stanzas. Each stanza is a triplet, and both of them is a sestet. The rhythm pattern of this poem is aaa, and bbb. Rhythm and Rhyme Scheme Literary Devices and Techniques The first verse of the poem shows personification. Eagles have claws, but the poet uses the word hands. The first verse also shows alliteration. Clasps, crag, and crooked all have the repeating 'c' sound at the beginning. The second verse explains the eagles solitude. The eagle is close to the sun, so somewhere high up. And the eagle is also in 'lonely lands' This once again exemplifies alliteration. lonely and lands both start with an 'l' sound. The third and last verse of this stanza shows the connection between the sky and the eagle. The sky is expressed as an azure world that encircles the eagle. This is an example of allusion. The verse also states that the eagle is standing so it could be standing on a branch, or cliff. Literary Devices and Techniques continued The next stanza takes a shift in the direction of the poem. Because they describe the ocean, the eagles home, and his hunting tactic. The is described to be wrinkled and it crawls. These are examples of both imagery, and personification. This is further expanded in the next verse. Because the eagle is so high in the sky on his mountain walls, everything to him looks distant. When the eagle is so high up, he must have a good sense of sight to be able to spot prey. This is emphasized in the last verse, where the poet uses simile to compare the eagle to a lightning bolt. The reader senses the speed of the eagle as it flies through the sky to the ocean below. Thanks for Listening.
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