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Comparing The Eagle and Ode on a Grecian Urn

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English Term One - Assignment One I will be looking at the visual imagery in these two poems I have studied, one from "The Eagle (A Fragment)" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and the other is the poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats. The poem "The Eagle (A Fragment)" is a short poem written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The fact that it is called a fragment leads the reader to thinking whether the poem is complete or not. The poem has a strong musical rhythm, and the poem tells us about how an eagle has high authority and strength as it flies high over other birds. In the next few lines we come to know that the bird is lonely and in the end the eagle falls. The last line has left the reader unclear as to why the eagle has fallen. Whether the eagle has died or that it is diving to grab a prey it is unclear. In this poem the literal meaning talk about the life of an eagle, but figuratively it talks about what happens to a human being when going through the same cycle as shown in the poem about the eagle. ...read more.

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I believe that he is trying to portray in the mind of the reader that the image of the eagle can be associated with a human being more textual proof may be given as we progress further into the poem. Also it can be said that the eagle uses it claws to grab and carry its prey, therefore he is linking this to a human as he uses the word 'hands'. When Alfred used the word 'clasp' the first image to appear in my head was a link in a chain. Now when it is used in this poem I believe it creates an image of a mountains chain linked to the eagle, and makes the eagle seem larger than life. Looking at the first stanza we see that the first description is of an eagle sitting of the side of a mountain, while digging its claws into the rock. Continuing on we come to that the eagle as we pictured the eagle of a bird of prey, and that with great strength and with great swiftness and gracefulness but now we also know that the bird is also pictured as lonely. The bird that is known for its majestic strength seems rather small against its surroundings. ...read more.

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And also we can say that this poem is about the rise and fall of man, when it reaches the highest point in life. In the second poem "Ode On a Grecian Urn" The poet begins by addressing the urn, as a large sculpted vessels that is most unlike any real urn. Keats has made this figure of the urn from many different works of Greeks sculpture, and has gone to display it all on the pot. When the reader begins to read the poem, the first impression of the poem would be that the tone is one of happiness. As in the third stanza he repeats the word happy five times. The language of the poem throughout is very flowery and it has the effect of lightening the deeper mood of the poem. "A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme:" Here we see that Keats is talking about the tale told by the urn. He is representing it as sweet and flowery when truly it signifies a darker nature. "Forever warm and still to be enjoyed. Forever panting, and forever young:" Here we see that Keats is talking about how the urn has the ability to live forever, whereas later we come to know that he regrets this as he will not be able to live all his live. However, he realizes that true immortality does not exist. ...read more.

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