The Eagle Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Man and the Natural World
The eagle lives in a place that cannot be easily reached by human beings, and the speaker is definitely aware of this. The poem imagines what the eagle's world is like, and by extension imagines a...
Strength and Skill
The eagle remains motionless for most of the poem; if you're like us, though, you imagine him turning his head from time to time to look around. You know the eagle has tremendous strength for its s...
"The Eagle" was inspired by Alfred Tennyson's explorations through the Pyrenees region of southern France, which began in his early twenties. But the poem features another kind of exploration: it a...
Men and Masculinity
Men? There are no human beings in the poem, so what's this about "men"? Well, the first word of the poem is "he," so we know that this eagle is a guy. But, really, how does the speaker know this? C...
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