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The Eagle by Alfred Tennyson


The first style is formed as a "fragment" poem which personifies an lonely eagle with "hands." The second stanza has the bird diving at something which the author does not state. The bird is a dominant male. The rhyme scheme used in this poem is somewhat unusual for Tennyson. Instead of alternating, he decided to make each stanza consist of its own rhymes, which each line having the same rhyme.


The Eagle

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.

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Literary Movement
Victorian, 19th Century

Personification, Animal, Sea

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