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.
Imagery in a poem is used to create a picture in our minds, so a lot of information is ‘shown’: implied or suggested, rather than explicitly written.
- What imagery can you spot? Quote and explain at least one example youcan see.
- List all the ways we know that the eagle is very high up, even though we aren’t explicitly told so. Just quote phrases.
- Notice the line: ‘The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls ‘; what can you say about the words ‘wrinkled’ and ‘crawls’ being used together in one image? What does this emphasise in the poem?