Comment 7 of 17, added on September 26th, 2011 at 3:18 AM.
Who is the eagle mentioned in the poem?
I was raised in the state of Illinois. The eagle mentioned in the poem was
John P. Altgeld, a governor of Illinois. In the early days of the labor
movements, there was a riot in Chicago at a place called the Haymarket.
Police were sent in and many were injured or killed. Altgeld pardoned the
workers who rioted there because he felt that theirs was a just cause. For
this action he was vilified by those in power; nevertheless, Lindsay was
right. "To live in mankind is far more than to live in a name."
from United States
Comment 6 of 17, added on September 3rd, 2009 at 3:06 AM.
I believe the Eagle is Abraham Lincoln. Both Lindsay and Lincoln were from
Illinois, and this is an interesting reply to "Captain, Oh my Captain" by
Whitman, with a nod to 'When lilacs last in the courtyard bloomed", where a
different bird a thrush is used. Whitman was often much more (pun not
intended but apt) flowery in his verse.
pebble from United States
Comment 5 of 17, added on January 5th, 2009 at 7:37 AM.
The word "sounded" is actually "wounded." Please correct it!
Alonzo Boardman from United States
Comment 4 of 17, added on January 16th, 2006 at 4:12 PM.
Mates, this is the best, most touching poem I have ever read in my life!
Comment 3 of 17, added on July 25th, 2005 at 1:11 AM.
Lindsay's writing of Altgeld; this is a political statement; it's not about
eagles at all.
David from United States
Comment 2 of 17, added on July 6th, 2005 at 3:47 AM.
if the are acceped, the will e added,together we can build a wealth of
information, but it will take some discipline and determination.
Comment 1 of 17, added on January 14th, 2005 at 8:41 PM.
I just love this poem! It is just so touching to read about the eagle. Plus
they are getting extinct too. This poem really touched my heart and I
recommend it to all animal lovers out there that want to preserve wildlife.
from New Zealand
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