"He clasps the crag with hooked 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."
Review of "The Eagle’ by Lord Alfred Tennyson" --by Brent M. Jones
The Eagles use of hooked hands begins the poets uses symbolism, imagery and metaphorical language to use the Eagle to learn about ourselves.
The use of "clasps, crag and crooked", in the first line sings to us. It draws our attention to the Eagle. The Eagle is "ringed with the azure world" seems above all creatures and represents men with power.
Alone and isolated ruling in the lonely lands from the mountain tops. The Eagle falls and men fall.