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1 F The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson Slide 3 contains link to audio recording of the poem

2 F The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson Key terms: Rhyming triplets Personification Alliteration Assonance Iambic/trochaic metre Point of view Themes: Natural power Natural/animal beauty Unspoilt natural beauty Frailty

3 F The EagleThe Eagle: Content/meaning The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ring’d with the azure world, he stands. What is the poem talking about? What is this stanza saying? What is the eagle doing? What does the eagle do in this line/what happens to it?

4 F The Eagle: Form and Strucutre He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ring’d with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. Which point of view is each stanza told from. Imagine filming the scene described What is the effect of the change of view point? Which syllables are stressed (have a ‘heavy’ beat) in each line? Rhyming triplets; showing the eagle and the natural world are in _________

5 F The Eagle: Language He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Find the alliteration and assonance. What does it suggest about the eagle and its surroundings? This is an example of __________. What does it suggest about the eagle? Holds on tight, suggesting ownership? Crag means rock

6 F The Eagle: Language He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ring’d with the azure world, he stands. What could this mean? Near to heaven? Making the eagle a god-like figure? Heraldic term for blue -> Heraldry links to nobility; is the poet stressing the nobility of the eagle? Still, comfortable and calm in his lonely world

7 F The Eagle: Language The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls. Why would the sea look ‘wrinkled’? Think about point of view. What does crawls suggest? Think about height and power. Ownership implies power Walls of the cliff, makes it sound like a building/home. The Eagle is a home in its surroundings

8 F The Eagle: Language And like a thunderbolt he falls. What device is used here? like What are the connotations of this word? God-like power Natural power (destructive and beautiful) Swooping down to hunt. The predator. An example of nature’s power. Falling down dead. An example of nature’s frailty and the circle of life 2 possible meanings

9 F Summary Tell your partner what the poem is about. “The key message of this poem could be seen as…”

10 F Summary Go for language, structure or form points Explain them to your partner “An interesting feature in this poem is…this suggests…”

11 F Summary What poems could you compare this with? GC: Difficult Birth, Field mouse SH: Perch, Death of a Naturalist, Storm on the Island Pre1914: Inversnaid Key Themes Natural power Natural/animal beauty Unspoilt natural beauty Frailty What could you add to this list?


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