Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 decade ago

What is the central theme of Tennison's "The Eagle"?

Here is the poem:

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;

Close to the sun in lonely lands,

Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;

He watches from his mountain walls,

And like a thunderbolt he falls.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It could be the sheer power and beauty of nature, but that is pretty straight-forward.

    The tone is powerful but lonely. The alliteration in the first line with "clasps, "crag," and "crooked" is a bit creepy. And the eagle has hands? That's personification. It is also lonely up there by the sun. Even the sea beneath is eerie, crawling. And then falling like a thunderbolt, that's fast. The theme might have something to do with over-reaching and becoming too great/successful - it's lonely at the top (and difficult to stay there) and you've got a long way to fall if something goes wrong.

    I'm sure there are other themes, as well.

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    1 decade ago

    There is no 'theme' in Tennyson's poem. It's beauty lies in the wonderfully descriptive yet simple way he describes the action of a bird of prey swooping down for whatever reason...

    For fun read "The Dalliance" and compare the descriptives of the eagles.

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