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These expressions provide a deeper image of the hidden meanings through the use of metaphorical language. Throughout the poem, Tennyson humanizes the eagle through his choice of words. Instead of using ‘claws’ which is a more appropriate word to describe a bird, he uses ‘hands’. Describing the eagle as holding on with hands makes the comparison to humans, which in turn, makes the eagle seem much more important than just a simple bird. Moving on to the expression “Close to the sun” which is a hyperbole; the eagle is not actually close to the sun. The sun is millions of miles away from the Earth. Tennyson uses this imagery to emphasize how the eagle is sitting on top of the world, above all other life and the only thing above the eagle is the sun. The third line, “Ring’d with the azure world,” contains imagery. Tennyson uses the color word ‘azure,’ which means bright blue, and this blue sky is ‘ringed’ around the eagle. This creates a very impressive visual. Furthermore, first line of the second stanza, when Tennyson writes “The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;” he is using slow passive adjectives to personify the sea with his choice of  words as “wrinkled”, attributing to the wrinkles the elderly get in their old age   and “crawls,” as an infant does at a young age, both very human traits. In this case, the emphasis adds to the imagery of the poem as a whole. The eagle is perfectly still, while the sea, which is supposed to be very powerful, wrinkles and crawls under the eagle.(1) He clasps the crag with crooked hands; (2) Close to the sun in lonely lands; (3) Ringed with the azure world he stands. Analysis: Line one begins with the repetition of the hard c or k sound–another example of poetic devices emphasiziing content–as the reader is immediately placed into the harsh desert environment of the eagle. Line two contains two examples of consonance: close and sun are linked; lonely has the double l sound, making it stand out in a line full of l sounds. The consonance in line three involves a much softer r sound, emphasizing ringed, think crowned, azure, think limitless sky, and world, think…world. Line three captures the majesticness of the eagle, setting the reader up for its heroic descent in the second stanza.The poet uses symbolism, imagery and metaphorical language  focuses on the micro movements of an eagle as it grasps onto the cliff, and make use of alliteration in order to display the eagerness and fierceness of an eagle by applying strong, solid, hard accent words such as ‘clasp’, ‘crag’ … In this way, Tennyson is ensuring the reader pauses to consider the eagle, high up on his perch.

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