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Exploring Poetry 1: 'The Eagle'

In this series of worksheets, students can explore different aspects of poetry.

'Exploring Poetry 1: 'The Eagle'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Understand Meaning

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is part of a series that allows you to explore different aspects of poetry. The worksheet is based on the following poem by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892):

 

 

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The Eagle

 

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.

 

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How many stanzas are there in the poem?

one

two

three

Which statement below best describes the rhyme scheme of this poem?

Every other line rhymes (ABABABAB).

Each pair of lines rhyme (AABB).

Each group of three lines rhymes (AAABBB).

Match what the eagle is doing in each stanza.

Column A

Column B

stanza one
diving towards his prey
stanza two
clinging onto the mountain side

Which word in stanza one tells you that the eagle is clinging onto the mountain side?

clasps

crag

crooked

Which line in stanza one tells the reader that the eagle is up high?

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;

Close to the sun in lonely lands,

Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

Which words in stanza one begin with the same sound?

clasps

with

crooked

hands

close

sun

lonely

crag

The phrase "He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun..." contains the words clasps, crag, crooked and close which all begin with the same sound. 

What is this technique called?

onomatopoeia

alliteration

personification

Select the phrases below that contain alliteration.

The beautiful bluebells blew briskly in the breeze.

The otter swam beautifully across the stream.

The yellow woodpecker tapped melodically on the tree.

The swan swam sedately along the smooth stream.

The snow swirled as it silently smothered the world.

Reread the poem again:

 

 

**********************

The Eagle

 

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.

 

**********************

 

 

Which word in the second stanza suggests that the eagle dives on his prey?

beneath

watches

falls

What is the falling eagle compared to?

thunderbolt

sea

sun

What is the final line an example of?

And like a thunderbolt he falls.

alliteration

metaphor

simile

A simile is a piece of imagery where something is compared to something else using the words 'as' or 'like'.

Which phrases below are examples of similes?

The rhinoceros smashed the ground like thunder.

The sun was scorching.

The baby cried in desperation.

The bluebells were as blue as the sky and ocean combined.

  • Question 1

How many stanzas are there in the poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
two
EDDIE SAYS
The poem has two stanzas or verses.
  • Question 2

Which statement below best describes the rhyme scheme of this poem?

CORRECT ANSWER
Each group of three lines rhymes (AAABBB).
EDDIE SAYS
Each group of three lines rhymes (AAABBB).
  • Question 3

Match what the eagle is doing in each stanza.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

stanza one
clinging onto the mountain side
stanza two
diving towards his prey
EDDIE SAYS
In stanza one the eagle is clinging onto the mountain side, and in stanza two he is diving towards his prey.
  • Question 4

Which word in stanza one tells you that the eagle is clinging onto the mountain side?

CORRECT ANSWER
clasps
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'clasps' tells the reader the eagle is clinging to the mountain side.
  • Question 5

Which line in stanza one tells the reader that the eagle is up high?

CORRECT ANSWER
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
EDDIE SAYS
The line 'Close to the sun in lonely lands,' tells the reader that the eagle is up high.
  • Question 6

Which words in stanza one begin with the same sound?

CORRECT ANSWER
clasps
crooked
close
crag
EDDIE SAYS
The phrase 'He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close... ' contains the words clasps, crag, crooked and close which all begin with the same sound.
  • Question 7

The phrase "He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun..." contains the words clasps, crag, crooked and close which all begin with the same sound. 

What is this technique called?

CORRECT ANSWER
alliteration
EDDIE SAYS
Words that all begin with the same sound are called alliteration.
  • Question 8

Select the phrases below that contain alliteration.

CORRECT ANSWER
The beautiful bluebells blew briskly in the breeze.
The swan swam sedately along the smooth stream.
The snow swirled as it silently smothered the world.
EDDIE SAYS
Alliteration is present in the phrases:
The beautiful bluebells blew briskly in the breeze.
The swan swam sedately along the smooth stream.
The snow swirled as it silently smothered the world.
  • Question 9

Reread the poem again:

 

 

**********************

The Eagle

 

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.

 

**********************

 

 

Which word in the second stanza suggests that the eagle dives on his prey?

CORRECT ANSWER
falls
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'falls' suggests that the eagle dives on his prey.
  • Question 10

What is the falling eagle compared to?

CORRECT ANSWER
thunderbolt
EDDIE SAYS
The eagle is compared to a thunderbolt as he falls.
  • Question 11

What is the final line an example of?

And like a thunderbolt he falls.

CORRECT ANSWER
simile
EDDIE SAYS
The line is an example of a simile.
  • Question 12

A simile is a piece of imagery where something is compared to something else using the words 'as' or 'like'.

Which phrases below are examples of similes?

CORRECT ANSWER
The rhinoceros smashed the ground like thunder.
The bluebells were as blue as the sky and ocean combined.
EDDIE SAYS
The examples of similes are:
The rhinoceros smashed the ground like thunder.
The bluebells were as blue as the sky and ocean combined.
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