He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
This short poem was written by Lord Alfred Tennyson, and it’s part of the poem’s collection “In Memoriam”.
The poem is composed by two stanzas of 3 lines. It represent an exception to the Tennyson’s structural scheme, in fact, you can notice that it’s a short poem and lines are aligned. Each line begins with capital letter, there is a regular punctuation and the rhyme scheme is regular: AAA – BBB.
In the whole poem there is a personification of the eagle and an exaltation of his power and strength. There is just a simile in line 6 “And like a thunderbolt”. In the first stanza the setting is the sky, while in the second is the sea.