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English Seminar, Dying Eagle

Kariann Gracey, Cheyenne Gignac and Ashley Murphy

Ashley Murphy

on 5 April 2011

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Transcript of English Seminar, Dying Eagle

Dying Eagle Seminar Written by E.J Pratt
Presented by Kari, Cheyenne and Ashley Comparing Generations King Lear versus the Eagle King Lear The Eagle Once powerful king, loved by all
Suffered mental anguish at the hands of his oldest daughters and their husbands
Outlawed his only loving daughter out of impulse
Struggled against his daughters constant barrage of rules until it finally broke him
Now old, frail, mentally ill and dying, he stood powerless for anyone to help him against the force of his daughters and their armies Once a powerful king who defeated and outlived all enemies of his time
fathered many children who now made up his kingdom
Ruled over the crags as a monarch
Identifies and investigated intruders instantly, fearless
Bent on protecting what he knows
Broken spirited at the sight of a creature larger than he was , faster than he was and stronger than he was
Loses the empire he fought for So, what is lost? In both, there is a loss of self and duty that they had once given them a strong value to their societies Over time new generations will overpower the old in ways that inflict mental anguish and physical depression leading to the former generation's exile or death. Poem Analysis What is the theme?

Answer The theme is loss of power with age and the inevitability of younger generations overthrowing the old Poem Analysis Does this poem belong to a certain genre?

A narrative elegy with an underlying theme with emphasis on the death of the Eagles reign Poem Analysis poetic structure mixture of movement of feelings, feeling great v. feeling defeated.
Sequence of chronological events beginning and ending with the crag, past v. future
5 distinct stanzas tell the story of the Eagle's descent into death and loss of his crown
A progression of the stanzas tells us the story
Poem Analysis setting A forest surrounds a wall of crags that house the Eagle as he surveys his kingdom
A period of unheard strength entering into nature never before. What do you think that this "invader" truly is? How might its image have so effected the Eagle?

What character(s) in King Lear have the characteristics of the invader? What effect did such character(s) possess on Lear? Poem Analysis Characterization The speaker has no definite character, the owl and the invader symbolize the tragic hero and the new experience
the eagle is large. Holds great pride in his past, his children and his throne. The invader is large, dark eyed and metallic. It shears through the eagle's domain with more ease than he could ever complete Compare the mental state of the Eagle with that of King Lear. Do you see any similarites, contrasts? Poem Analysis Diction carrion -> a corpse or body dead
morraines -> a deposit of material on the ground
suzerain -> sovereign state, crown
archipelages -> a body of water
aquiline -> shaped like a beak
bedraggled -> appears dirty or soiled
bereft -> to be without, lacking or emptiness
fledgling -> a baby bird
supercilous -> acting as though one is superior to the other
monarch -> a empiral leader
Andes -> mountain range Poem Analysis
Images and symbols " Marked the strange bat-like shawdow.."
A simile, comparing the actions of the invader with that of the bat, known for its long sings and stillness as it soars through the air "a sight which galvanized his back, bristled the feathers on his kneck, and shot little runnels of dust where his talons dug recesses in the granite"
This is personification of the Eagle as he feels an emotion or adrenaline rush described in a such a way that would be seen with humans. This makes him easily connected with the reader to understand his emotions and the imagery involved. Keeping in mind both Lear and the Eagles suffering, how might symbolism might have played a role in their lives? galvanized his back... bristled his feathers... he climbed the orbit with swift and easy undulations... sloven shoulders... nerveless claws"
"cut through the aquiline cominion" Poem Analysis Prosody Lines are devided to contain a complete thought and to set off a strong image of the eagle and the invader
It does not use rhyme
Line lengths are irregular, lots of enjambents as well
Compare the changes that the eagle goes through in the poem to the changes that Lear goes through in the play. Do you notice any significant similarities? Poem Analysis Point of View Third person omniscient, the speaker explains the feels and the sights of the eagle but does not show any direct involvement with the story
The speaker is not involved at all, only to explain the feels and experience of the eagle. It's descriptiions envoke emotions in the reader creating a trustworthy account with some sympathy in the description alone. Poem Analysis tone The tone is bold, suggesting leadership and regal behaviours. It turns to defensive, curious. Then to aggression and finally ends with surrender and defeat. THE ALMIGHTY QUIZ What do you believe is the figure that the Eagle sees? What does it represent?
Why did the author find it necessary to say that the eagle "outlived all his rivals"?
What do you think is repesented by the imagery of the old eagle on the crag (hole, ledge or a cliff)?
Why do you think the author chose an eagle for this poem?
Do you think that imagery is used properly and effectively in this poem? Why or why not? Literary Critisicm Freudian King Lear and The Eagle Over time new generations will overpower the old in ways that inflict mental anguish and physical depression leading to the former generation's exile or death. The oldest hath borne most. We that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long. (5.3. 325-26) Writing Task :D In the voice of the Eagle, write a eulogy to King Lear. Express opinions, experiences, biases and lessons that he may have learnt and the tragedies that connected the two of them. Battles and relationships defined who he was
I.D, impulse driven. Quick to examine the intruder, always wanting to maintian his right as King.
The Pain of being upstaged ousted him from his throne. Broke his spirit. This effected how he saw his family, his home, his life up until this point and his kingdom
The writer is influenced by age, losing face and dealing with life crisis
There is a variation of conscious levels throughout the poem; conscious in the description of the sighting of the invader. Preconscious as he ponders his life accomplishments, family and the trials that made him great
Repression Mechanism: retreating into himself unwilling to awknoledge the shattering of his pride and will.
Ego: he satisfied his love, pleasure and power to a point he found pride in his accomplishments.
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