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Poem Parody – Spy Version

The Kill

He clasps the gun with firm hands;

Close to the enemy in midlands,

Ring’d with the situation, he stands.

The enemy in front of him walks;

He watches from behind the rocks

And like a thunderbolt the enemy squawks

For this writing assignment , we were asked to take a poem and create a parody of it. We had flexibility on what we could do. I chose to rewrite the poem The Eagle (1851) by Alfred Lod Tennyson in the eyes of a secret agent rather than an Eagle who falls to it’s death.

Here is the original poem:

The Eagle

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

Creating this poem was pretty difficult. It took me a while to find a shorter poem that I could easy twist into the eyes of a secret agent. Once I found the poem on google, the next difficult thing was to find words that would fit the words and rhyme! Overall I think the poem turned out pretty well. Basically the secret agent has spotted his enemy so he grabs his gun. There is description as to where (midlands). I was kind of unsure of what Ring’d meant but when I looked up the meaning of the poem, it said that it refers to the way the sky encircles the eagle’s head. So I put “Ring’d with the situation, he sands” because the situation is encircling or the main focus at that moment. I describe that the enemy was walking in his sight as he watches behind the rocks, preparing. Then it happens. The enemy squawks in defeat.

Overall, I had fun with this assignment. I think it goes along well with our secret agent theme and could possibly be used for future characters!


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