By Alfred Lord Tennyson
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.
"The Eagle" was first published in 1851, around the time Tennyson was on his way to becoming the most famous British poet of his age. The poem is considered a perfect combination of sound and meaning. In a few lines, Tennyson captures a small but majestic event – an eagle diving from a cliff – with total precision.
"The Eagle" was inspired by Tennyson's travels in the Pyrenees, where he frequently saw eagles, raptors, and other birds of prey circling overhead. The Pyrenees, a scenic mountain range on the border between Spain and France, was Alfred Tennyson's favorite place in the world. He sets this poem on an ocean cliff rather than a mountainside, so it's not just a literal description of something he's seen. It's an imagined setting.
The eagle clasps on to dangerous massive rocks with his crooked claws. He stands there in a very high cliff all by himself. He is surrounded by blue skies as if it forms a "ring" around the eagle. He stands powerfully like a king.
The sea looks like a wrinkled line to the eagle from his position above. The waves which are moving looks like slowly crawling to the shore. He watches the surrounding and the sea beneath with his sharp sight from his mountain walls where no one can reach. Suddenly, he dives off the cliff and shoots downward in a very fast speed, as if he has found something to eat.
Line 1: He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
The poet is talking about the eagle which is an animal as a human being when he uses the words "he" and "hands" because hands are for human. The eagle is described as ‘he’ which means that the one described is a male. Clasps means the eagle holds on super...