Mrs. Cogswell, AP Eng. IV, Per. 6
By: Colleen Blanco-Chacon, Jon Claude Colbert
Abby Batuyong, & Navid Choudhury
Victorian era British writer, novelist, poet.
Poet Laureate of the UK during much of
Remains one of the most popular poets in the
Works include, “CrossingThe Bar,” and “The
Born in Somersby,
George and Elizabeth
Tennyson’s son &
fourth of 12 children.
Derived from a middle-
class line ofTennysons,
with noble and royal
United KingdomVictoria Era
QueenVictoria's reign from June 1837 until
her death on the 22nd of January 1901.
The reign was a long period of prosperity for
the British people:
• Profits gained from the overseas British Empire,
• & from industrial improvements at home.
Title: “The Eagle” sounds as if it would be
about birds, perhaps about nature and how
dominant the eagle is.
Paraphrase:The poem is about death also. It
doesn’t seem like the person was happy with
the “azure world” and with like “crawl”.
Possibly about someone who used to be
strong but something happened and it
changed their life and then he died.
Connotations:Words like “clasps” describe
the eagle’s tight hold. Also “lonely” describes
the eagle’s isolation from the world.The
Title: CrossingThe Bar: Entering into a new persona.
Paraphrase:The ocean & tide with sunsets crossing
spirits crossing over into heaven.
Connotations: “Sunset & evening star”= transition.
“Put out to sea” & “When I embark”= dying. “Flood”=
Noah and the ark. “Pilot”= God.
Attitude: Sadness but without mourning- pride in
death, acceptance to meet God. [Not Afraid!]
Shifts: 1st 3 Stanzas: Contemplating voyage. Last
Stanza: Contemplating Destination.
Title (After Reading): No new meaning.
Theme: Death be not afraid, for the ocean brings new
tides of life.
Subject: (Title) Crossing Over from dying as a
human to going to heaven as a spirint.
Occasion: Passing away of a relative or personal
struggle for life.
Audience: General, grieving over death.
Purpose:The speaker wants the audience to not
mourned over his death & say that the ocean
calms the spirits.
Speaker:The writer’s life is coming to an end &
he is proud & doesn’t want his audience to
mourn his death.