“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.”
- Simonides of Ceos

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Friday, September 30, 2016

"The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"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 Credits

Announcer: 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/)
Photography: rise-a-mui
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: Wikipedia

"The Eagle" 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.