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The eagle sits

Picture looking up at this tall, rocky mountain. The poem ends here, with the reader not quite sure why the eagle dived off his mountain roost.

He was buried at Westminster Abbey

Tennyson lived during the Victorian Era, during the s. In this era, a movement called Romanticism became extremely popular within the literary society. The poem has a very simple concept.

It was the reaction to the previous Age of Reason among the culture. Not really, the sun is millions of miles away from the Earth. He also reflects a concern common among Victorian writers in being troubled by the conflict between religious faith and expanding scientific knowledge.

Let's look at the figurative language in each line. It contains imagery, or words that appeal to the five senses, that are extremely visual. Again, Tennyson uses these devices to emphasize how this eagle is sitting on top of the world, where no other living being could possibly be, even man. Tennyson uses this technique to make emphasis and create a specific melody. It was in that Tennyson reached the pinnacle of his career, finally publishing his masterpiece, In Memoriam A.

Romantic poets believed that nature was beautiful, and humans are the center of nature. Note the similarities in setting between this photo and the arbor above. It's a pretty impressive visual.

He was buried at Westminster Abbey. The eagle sits on top, above all other life, with the sun blazing behind him, and the bright blue sky accentuating his silhouette. The volume met heavy criticism, which so discouraged Tennyson that he did not publish again for ten years, although he did continue to write. Although decried by some critics as overly sentimental, his verse soon proved popular and brought Tennyson to the attention of well-known writers of the day, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge.