Text of the Poem

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,     5
And like a thunderbolt he falls.


  1. The repeating symbolism of the circles (sun, ringed, world) makes readers consider the eagle's eye, but also the cyclic nature of life.

    — Allegra Keys, Owl Eyes Editor
  2. The speaker uses personification to describe the waves.

    — Allegra Keys, Owl Eyes Editor