This handout focuses on what your students need to know about Tennyson’s popular six-line poem, “The Eagle”: Its theme, action, settings, rhyme scheme, alliteration, consonance, simile, metaphor, and personification.
Its brevity makes it a most suitable poem to introduce your students to some sound devices and figurative techniques which poets often use.
For instance, in this handout, after definitions and examples of simile, metaphor, and personification, your students will locate these devices and explore their importance in “The Eagle.”
Similar activities on sound devices (rhyme, alliteration, and consonance) are also included.
This four-page compact handout, which has blanks which your students can fill in, is suitable as an in-class activity or for homework.
An Answer Key is provided on a separate page.
Additionally, not as part of the student handout, I have included some commentary on the use of assonance in “The Eagle” and a brief explanation of some phonological and orthographic rules as they relate to alliteration in the poem. You may wish to incorporate these points into your class’s discussion of “The Eagle.”
Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph. D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.