Saturday, May 25, 2013
Analysis of Tennyson's "The Eagle"
Unusual collocates signal the intention of the writer that there is more to text than what we see in the surface. In Tennyson’s “The Eagle”, he wrote, “The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls” which made use of unusual collocations “wrinkled” and “crawl”. Basically, when the word “sea” is used, adjectives like calm, stormy, misty, dangerous, blue, treacherous, salty, clear, icy, turbulent, peaceful, still, shallow, wavy, deep, cold, rough, warm or freezing can be used. Tennyson is describing the sea beyond literal. He might be describing it from a different perspective using personifications “wrinkled” and “crawls”.
**** Submitted in compliance with my graduate class in "Literary Genre."
It pays to see what others are writing, but it is even more rewarding to crack the lines on your own so copy at your own risk. :)