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  • The Sun is symbolic of a god, The eagle of a noble person the sea the ordinary people.
  • Aeroplanes were not invented at the time the poem was written, the image of the sea crawling was not known to many.
  • Single rhyme in each stanza—affirms the singleness and aloneness of the eagle.The first stanza shows motionless whereas the second shows movement – crawls, watches and he falls. Motionless to action
  • The eagle

    1. 1. 8th English by chandan gupta
    2. 2. The Eagle Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
    3. 3. Life Tennyson was born on 6th August 1809 in Somersby, Lincoln shire. The fourth of twelve children. He was the son of a clergyman. Rev. George Clayton Tennyson.
    4. 4. Alfred with his wife Emily (1813-1896) his son Hallam (1852-1928) and Lionel (18541886).
    5. 5. He is the second most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare. • "'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all” • "Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die” • "My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure” • "Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers” • "The old order changeth, yielding place to new".
    6. 6. The Eagle
    7. 7. 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.
    8. 8. Alliteration He clasps the crag with crooked hands; The hard consonant /k/ in the three words. Could it suggest hardness of the rock and firmness of the bird?
    9. 9. Symbols Close to the sun in lonely lands, Close to the sun - This could illustrate the status of a person. In lonely lands – This could point out how lonely someone can be in this position.
    10. 10. Personification He clasps the crag with crooked hands 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. azure – a deep blue sky blue colour
    11. 11. Simile The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. What is the effect of the simile?
    12. 12. 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.
    13. 13. Adjectives Tennyson used the pairing of two-syllable adjectives with one-syllable nouns to help keep the meter of the poem intact. “crooked hands,” “lonely lands,” “azure world,” “wrinkled sea,” “mountain walls.”
    14. 14. Syllables He used no word longer than two syllables until the last line. Thunderbolt 3 syllables It conveys power which any eagle certainly has.
    15. 15. This poem has references to the ancient Greek myth of Icarus. Study that story, and explain how you think knowing it helps a reader interpret what Tennyson is saying here.
    16. 16. Chandan

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