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Analyzing a Poem (Grade 10)

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Analyzing a Poem

The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
At the beginning of "The Eagle," where does the bird find itself?
  1. flying over water
  2. perched on a tree
  3. perched on a crag
  4. soaring high in the air
Which of the following can you infer from the end of "The Eagle"?
  1. The bird folds its wings and falls into a deep sleep.
  2. The eagle recognizes its mate.
  3. The eagle plummets to the sea and grasps its prey.
  4. The eagle begins to build a nest.
In "The Eagle," the line "The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls" illustrates which of the following sound devices?
  1. alliteration
  2. assonance
  3. personification
  4. onomatopoeia
What does it mean when the poet describes the eagle as a thunderbolt?

How does the author personify the eagle?
  1. By comparing the eagle to a thunderbolt
  2. By describing the eagle's crooked hands
  3. By saying the sea crawls
  4. By describing how he watches the water
Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.

O, well for the fisherman's boy,
That he shouts with his sister at play!
O, well for the sailor lad,
That he sings in his boat on the bay!

And the stately ships go on
To their haven under the hill;
But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still!

Break, break, break
At the foot of thy crags, O Sea!
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
Will never come back to me.
The repetition of "Break, break, break" describes...
  1. The ocean waves hitting the shore
  2. The ocean waves traveling in the water
  3. The boats sitting in the water
  4. The children digging in the sand
The main goal of the poem is to talk about the ocean waves.
  1. True
  2. False
What is "Break, Break, Break" really about?

Stanza 2 contains hints of what type of figurative language?
  1. Flashback
  2. Sarcasm
  3. Allusion
  4. Personification
Which stanza hints at why the speaker is sad?
  1. Stanza 1
  2. Stanza 2
  3. Stanza 3
  4. Stanza 4

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