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									                  The Eagle by Alfred Lord
                        Tennyson




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     The Eagle by Alfred Lord
           Tennyson
                              •   Key terms:
                              •   Rhyming triplets
• Themes:                     •   Personification
• Natural power               •   Alliteration
• Natural/animal beauty       •   Assonance
• Unspoilt natural            •   Iambic/trochaic metre
  beauty                      •   Point of view
• Frailty
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               The Eagle: Content/meaning
                                                              What is this
                                                              stanza saying?
                                                              What is the
                   He clasps the crag with crooked hands;     eagle doing?
                   Close to the sun in lonely lands,
                   Ring‟d with the azure world, he stands.
What is the
poem talking
about?             The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
                   He watches from his mountain walls,
                   And like a thunderbolt he falls.
                                                          What is this
                                                          stanza saying?
What does the                                             What is the
eagle do in this                                          eagle doing?
line/what
happens to it?
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                         The Eagle: Form and
                              Strucutre                         Which syllables are
                                                                stressed (have a
                                                                „heavy‟ beat) in each
                                                                line?

                         He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
                         Close to the sun in lonely lands,
                         Ring‟d with the azure world, he stands.
Which point of view is
each stanza told
from. Imagine filming
the scene described      The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
                         He watches from his mountain walls,
                         And like a thunderbolt he falls.
What is the effect of
the change of view
point?                                                     Rhyming triplets;
                                                           showing the eagle and
                                                           the natural world are in
                                                           _________
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Find the alliteration
and assonance.          The Eagle: Language
What does it
suggest about the                                    Crag means
eagle and its                                        rock
surroundings?

                  He clasps the crag with crooked hands;




                                Holds on tight,
                                suggesting
 This is an example of          ownership?
 __________. What does it
 suggest about the eagle?


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                  The Eagle: Language
  Near to heaven?
  Making the eagle a
  god-like figure?


           He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
           Close to the sun in lonely lands,
           Ring‟d with the azure world, he stands.


                       Heraldic term for
                                               Still, comfortable
What could this        blue -> Heraldry
                                               and calm in his
mean?                  links to nobility; is
                                               lonely world
                       the poet stressing
                       the nobility of the
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                       eagle?
                       The Eagle: Language
                                                   What does crawls
Why would the sea
                                                   suggest? Think
look „wrinkled‟?
                                                   about height and
Think about point of
                                                   power.
view.


               The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
               He watches from his mountain walls,          Ownership
                                                            implies power
               And like a thunderbolt he falls.

                                      Walls of the cliff, makes it sound like
                                      a building/home. The Eagle is a
                                      home in its surroundings




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                 The Eagle: Language
 What device is used here?     What are the connotations
 like                          of this word?          God-like power
                                                      Natural power
                                                      (destructive and beautiful)
               And like a thunderbolt he falls.
                             2 possible
                             meanings


Swooping down to hunt. The                    Falling down dead. An
predator. An example of                       example of nature‟s frailty
nature‟s power.                               and the circle of life




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               Summary
• Tell your partner what the poem is about.
“The key message of this poem could be
  seen as…”




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                Summary
• Go for      language, structure or form
  points
• Explain them to your partner
“An interesting feature in this poem is…this
  suggests…”




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                 Summary
• Key Themes                  • What poems could
• Natural power                 you compare this
• Natural/animal beauty         with?
• Unspoilt natural            • GC: Difficult Birth,
  beauty                        Field mouse
• Frailty                     • SH: Perch, Death of a
• What could you add            Naturalist, Storm on
  to this list?                 the Island
                              • Pre1914: Inversnaid

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