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The Eagle Summary
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

Everything you need to understand or teach The Eagle by Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson.

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The Eagle Summary

Introduction

"The Eagle: A Fragment" was first published in 1851, when it was added to the seventh edition of Tennyson's Poems, which had itself been published first in 1842. As with the best of the poet's works, this short poem displays a strong musical sense; the words chosen, such as "crag," "azure," and "thunderbolt" not only fit the meaning of the poem but also fit the slow musical sensibility which gives the poem its thoughtful, almost worshipful, tone.

Since the title of the poem identifies it as "a fragment," the reader may be led to wonder if it represents a completed work and a completed idea. This uncertainty is enhanced by the question of what actually happens to the eagle at the end of the poem: does he become ill, somehow lose his ability to fly, and tumble helplessly into the sea, or is the poet using the term "he falls" figuratively...

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