"The Eagle" was first published in 1851, shortly after Tennyson was appointed as Poet Laureate of Britain in 1850; a position he held until his death in 1892. In spite of its short length, "The Eagle" still contains a lot of meaning. It is packed with beautiful imagery and the iambic tetrameter Tennyson employs allows the words to flow off the tongue in an easy rhythm. It is simply a delightful piece to read and contemplate.
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Program CreditsAnnouncer: Thomas Lamar
Narrator: J.D. Sutter
Composer: Kevin Duncan
Sound Design & Mixing: Christopher Green (Some sounds from the Free Sound Project; http://www.freesound.org/people/dobroide/sounds/132993/)
Producer/Director: J.D. Sutter
Entry on Wikipedia for "The Eagle"
Entry on Wikipedia for Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Very thorough analysis of "The Eagle" by blogger, Natasha Fernando
Bio of Tennyson on The Poetry Foundation
|Protrait of Tennyson by P. Krämer|
image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred,_Lord_Tennyson#/media/File:Alfred_Tennyson..jpg
"The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord TennysonHe 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.