Alfred Lord Tennyson

(6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892 / Lincoln / England)

The Eagle

Poem 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.

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Comments about The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Eleanor Angel (5/6/2020 1:54:00 PM)

    It was so nice to find and to read this poem today. It was the first poem I memorized and recited in the second grade. Now, Fifty years later, it is so rich...clasps the crag with crooked hands...
    Tennyson's timeless beauty. Thank you for sharing this.(Report)Reply

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  • Chloe (2/15/2019 5:04:00 AM)

    Is anyone reading this in school?(Report)Reply

    Kalim(2/18/2019 4:50:00 AM)

    Me at Burnham Grammar School

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  • Balwant dohre (12/9/2018 9:46:00 PM)

    Very nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • Paresh ChakraParesh Chakra (11/28/2018 4:27:00 AM)

    I enjoy. this poem. It is a very good poem(Report)Reply

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  • Rowena East (9/24/2018 10:47:00 PM)

    I remembered this favourite poem as I drove the high road home and looked down at the wrinkled sea which really did appear to be crawling. So few words needed to create a magical moment.(Report)Reply

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  • Guest_303112 (2/24/2018 5:34:00 AM)

    Why can't they be bothered to ACTUALLY say something themselves in the video rather than a robot voice?(Report)Reply

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  • BOB the builder (12/6/2017 7:35:00 PM)

    DRDUYG%$AWRTJYJFT I hate it(Report)Reply

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  • Kishor Kumar MishraKishor Kumar Mishra (10/20/2017 9:54:00 AM)

    A short nice poem on eagle. Like a thunderbolt he falls - This describes the speedy movement of the eagle to catch the prey.(Report)Reply

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  • Mizzy ........Mizzy ........ (8/28/2016 6:55:00 AM)

    Short and precise.....very descriptive!(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (7/18/2016 7:55:00 PM)

    ............a wonderful poem of the eagle, one of my favorite birds ★(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (4/29/2016 9:28:00 AM)

    Very well written, I am always fascinated by the eagle and this poem is amazing.(Report)Reply

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  • Ahmed Gumaa SiddiekAhmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/9/2016 2:55:00 AM)

    He watches from his mountain walls,
    And like a thunderbolt he falls.

    The eagle here is a symbol that stands for pride and spiritual elevation. Very well versed.(Report)Reply

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  • John SJohn S (11/18/2015 11:26:00 PM)

    So simple a poem, yet so elegant. I really feel as though I can picture in my mind this Eagle, high up on the crag looking down on the wrinkled sea crawling towards the shore. I love the unusual but imaginative descriptions; to describe the sea as 'wrinkled' and crawling. How much more beautiful it is to say this eagle is 'Ringed with the azure world' instead of surrounded by blue sky. His flight is so fast he falls like a thunderbolt. I love the ole Romantic poets. I wish there were a new generation of neo Romantics instead of all of this bland modern poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Aadesh SuranaAadesh Surana (5/18/2015 9:24:00 AM)

    The eagle the poem is very nice it helped me in formative assessment mark of my school days this is the best poem(Report)Reply

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  • Frank Avon (8/31/2014 12:26:00 AM)

    To experience the difference between poetry of the 19th century and modernist poetry of the 20th, one can do no better than to compare this with William Carlos Williams' The Red Wheelbarrow.(Report)Reply

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  • Birgitta Abimbola HeikkaBirgitta Abimbola Heikka (6/4/2014 7:32:00 PM)

    Funny and enjoyable. Had to check meaning of the word crag in the dictionary.(Report)Reply

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  • Primrose TeePrimrose Tee (6/4/2014 4:07:00 PM)

    very interesting poem hey(Report)Reply

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  • Michelle ClausMichelle Claus (6/4/2014 2:28:00 PM)

    Precision poetry. I submit.(Report)Reply

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  • Matthew Medina (9/19/2013 4:06:00 PM)

    I always loved the way the poet wrote his poems.Ahhhh the good old days.(Report)Reply

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  • Habeeb Kayode YahayaHabeeb Kayode Yahaya (6/5/2013 2:37:00 AM)

    wow: wow.)) i love this poem so much that i cud say-i love the arrangement, the aaa-bbb rhyme and the admiration and description of the eagle.the theme of the poem is quiet ''admiration' the write use his stylistics to describe the aura of an eagle.thumbs up for lord tennyson'(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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