The Eagle Essay

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The Eagle Poets and writers use a variety of language and poetic devices to present ideas. The poem ‘The Eagle’ is written by Alfred Tennyson. In my opinion Lord Tennyson has used a variety of language and poetic devices to represent how powerful the eagle actually is. He uses the eagle to compare and represent it as the British Empire. Firstly, Tennyson uses a simile to present the Empire as powerful and dangerous. Secondly, Tennyson represents the eagle as being masculine, therefore stating that the British Empire itself is masculine. Finally, Tennyson uses imagery to state the power of the British Empire. Firstly, in the poem Tennyson uses a simile to compare the eagle to a powerful and dangerous thunderbolt. In order to do this, he has used the phrase ‘like a thunderbolt he falls’ to state that the eagle is also very powerful and dangerous itself. I believe that this is a good comparison to represent the eagle in a powerful, swift and dangerous way. During the time that Tennyson wrote the poem, the British Empire is being represented like an eagle to the world, meaning they are very powerful, dangerous, and swift. Secondly, Tennyson has represented the eagle as a strong, masculine creature. In order to do this, he has used the terms ‘he’, ‘him’ and ‘his’. The reason that Tennyson has presented the eagle in this way, is because it makes the eagle sound more powerful, and unstoppable. This is a good comparison to the British empire because it states that they have masculine characteristics, and they are very strong and powerful. It shows that they themselves are unstoppable, and ontop of everything around them. Lastly, Tennyson has presented the eagle as the boss. He is the centre of his world. He runs the place, and will not let anyone interfere with that. He is the centre of attention, nothing else matters but him. I believe that this is a good

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