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The Eagle

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Colin Seegars

on 1 May 2014

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Transcript of The Eagle

Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
Lord alfred Tennyson was born in August of 1809, into a middle class family with an abusive father who was the rector of Somersby the city in which Alfred had lived
He ended up running away from his family when he was 18 to attend Trinity college
In that same year he began to write juvinile poetry along with his brother

At the age of 41, Tennyson had established himself as the most popular poet of the Victorian era. The money from his poetry (at times exceeding 10,000 pounds per year) allowed him to purchase a house in the country and to write in relative seclusion.
Alfred finally passed away in 1892 and was buried in Westminster Abbey and still to this day is remembered as one of the worlds great poets.

The Eagle may seem to be a story about an eagle flying but it is also a comparative tale between the eagle and the greek god Zeus. This is hinted at until it is revealed in the final line
While the subject matter may be lacking in some fashion the poem is known for its spot on imagery of an eagle's flight
To this day Alfred Tennyson is remembered for this unique take on poetry referencing the haiku's from the of the east during this period
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