Lord Alfred Tennyson The Eagle

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This presentation is a short Bio of his life and a short lesson on the poem "The Eagle."

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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
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson The Eagle

    1. 1. The Eagle<br />Lord Alfred Tennyson<br />(1809-1892)<br />
    2. 2. Life<br /> Tennyson was born on 6thAugust 1809 in Somersby, Lincolnshire. <br />The fourth of twelve children.<br /> He was the son of a clergyman. Rev. George Clayton Tennyson.<br />
    3. 3. Alfred with his wifeEmily (1813-1896)his son Hallam (1852-1928) andLionel (1854-1886).<br />
    4. 4.  Farringford- Lord Tennyson's residence on the Isle of Wight<br />
    5. 5. He is the second most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford dictionary of Quotations after Shakespeare.<br />"'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all”<br />"Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die”<br />"My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure”<br />"Knowledge comes, but Wisdom lingers”<br />"The old order changeth, yielding place to new".<br />
    6. 6. The Eagle<br />
    7. 7. The Eagle<br />He clasps the crag with crooked hands;  Close to the sun in lonely lands,  Ringed with the azure world, he stands. <br />  <br />The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;  He watches from his mountain walls,  And like a thunderbolt he falls. <br />
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    9. 9. Alliteration <br />He clasps the crag with crooked hands;  <br /> The hard consonant /k/ in the three words.<br /> Could it suggest hardness of the rock and firmness of the bird?<br />
    10. 10. Symbols<br /> Close to the sun in lonely lands,  <br />Close to the sun - This could illustrate the status of a person.<br />In lonely lands – This could point out how lonely someone can be in this position.<br />
    11. 11. Personification<br /> He clasps the crag with crooked hands Ringed with the azure world, he stands. <br /> The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;  He watches from his mountain walls,  And like a thunderbolt he falls. <br />  azure – a deep blue sky blue colour <br />
    12. 12. Simile<br />  <br />The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;  He watches from his mountain walls,  And like a thunderbolt he falls. <br />What is the effect of the simile?<br />
    13. 13. The Eagle<br /> He clasps the crag with crooked hands;  Close to the sun in lonely lands,  Ringed with the azure world, he stands. <br /> The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;  He watches from his mountain walls,  And like a thunderbolt he falls. <br />
    14. 14. Adjectives<br />Tennyson used the pairing of two-syllable adjectives with one-syllable nouns to help keep the meter of the poem intact.<br />“crooked hands,” <br />“lonely lands,” <br />“azure world,” <br />“wrinkled sea,” <br />“mountain walls.”  <br />
    15. 15. Syllables<br />  He used no word longer than two syllables until the last line.<br />Thunderbolt <br />3 syllables<br /> It conveys power which any eagle certainly has.<br />
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    17. 17. Compare this poem to Ted Hughes’s “Hawk Roosting.” Why do you think both birds are portrayed with such nobility? Which poem do you think contradicts that noble appearance most? How? <br />
    18. 18. This poem has references to the ancient Greek myth of Icarus. <br />Study that story, and explain how you think knowing it helps a reader interpret what Tennyson is saying here. <br />
    19. 19. Carol Wolff<br />

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