by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
interpreted by Julia DiVito
clasps the crag with crooked hands;
to the sun in lonely lands,
with the azure world, he stands.
wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
watches from his mountain walls,
like a thunderbolt he falls.
Poet: Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born on August
6th, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England. His father taught him until
he was 18 years old, and then he attended Cambridge University for four
years. He became a popular poet after publishing poems like "Timbuctoo"
and a book called "Poems." In 1850, he became poet laureate
under the rule of Queen Victoria. He died in 1892 at the age of 83. Some
of his major works include "In Memoriam," "Poems by Two
Brothers," and "Ulysses."
Vocabulary: Crag - a steep rugged rock or
- of a deep somewhat purplish blue color
Type of poem: Narrative, because it is telling the story of
Speaker: Someone observing an eagle
Audience: Someone listening to the description of the eagle;
Tone: Admiration and amazement of the eagle's
actions and superiority
Meaning: An eagle is sitting on a cliff, above the rest of
the world, and is superior to everything below him
Structure of poem: Traditional verse
Stanza length (tercet)
End rhyme pattern (AAA BBB)
Examples of poetic techniques used in the poem:
clasps the crag with crooked hands;"
wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;"
like a thunderbolt he falls."
Connection between the poem and the poet's life and/or
times: Tennyson had just recently been appointed poet laureate
of England when he wrote this poem, in 1851, and could have been feeling
superior to his fellow poets. He was a very popular poet, and his fame
could have made him feel like the eagle on the top of the cliff, just
watching everyone else below him.
Most memorable quote from the poem: "And like a thunderbolt
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