Tennyson's Poems

The Eagle

First published in 1851. It has not been altered.

He clasps the crag with hooked hands;

Close to the sun in lonely lands,

Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls; [1]

He watches from his mountain walls,

And like a thunderbolt he falls.

[Footnote 1: One of Tennyson's most magically descriptive lines; nothing] could exceed the vividness of the words "wrinkled" and "crawls" here.