He clasps the crag with crooked hands; To hold firmly The rock Suggests he owns it Hands make him seem human What’s the effect of “He?” The sound is important Alliteration with the ‘c’ Assonance with the ‘a’ Adds nobility
Close language focus: Look at your second piece of text from the poem. Annotate it!
He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringed with the azure world, he stands. he doesn't fear the sun’s heat he doesn’t fear solitude Surrounded by - he’s at the centre ‘ azure’ is the heraldic colour blue Simple, direct statement Makes him seem noble The 3 lines in a stanza rhyme Consonance - repetition of the ‘l’ and ‘s’ consonants in line 2
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. The waves emphasis on his superiority Suggests man-made - his castle? In servitude? While he watches from on high? Direct statement - no adverb A weapon from a god in most mythology Note the contrast in speed with the earlier”crawls.” Used here as a simile The eagle strikes from the heavens
Cross reference! How might ‘The Eagle’ link with the other poems?