(Audubon Mural Project)‘The City-Bird’ by Michael Curtis The Society October 6, 2020 Humor, Poetry 3 Comments a parody of Tennyson’s “The Eagle” Upon the bronze haired statue head Enringed in evening’s smoggy spread She beak-pecks on a littered bread. There, on the gritty concrete lies A pop of corn she greedy spies And down she like a pigeon flies. Michael Curtis is an architect, sculptor, painter, historian, and poet, has for more than 40 years contributed to the revival of the classical arts. He has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The National Gallery of Art, et cetera; his pictures and statues are housed in over four hundred private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, The Supreme Court, et alibi; his verse has been published in over twenty journals; his work in the visual arts can be found at TheClassicalArtist.com, and his literary work can be found at TheStudioBooks.com. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Joseph S. Salemi October 6, 2020 I remember Tennyson’s “The Eagle” as the first poem given in the Intro to Poetry text by Laurence Perrine that we used in high school. It’s a great little poem, and this parody is clever. Reply Margaret Coats October 6, 2020 “The Eagle” was the first poem my son (age 5) memorized and dramatized, jumping off a box at the end. This parody is even funnier and more appropriate! Reply BDW October 9, 2020 Although T. S. Eliot criticized Tennyson’s “In Memoriam” for various qualities, he wrote of Tennyson that his poetry had three noteworthy qualities: “abundance, variety, and complete competence.”. To see how Mr. Curtis has responded to Tennyson’s poem, I have included it here: “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. Mr. Curtis’ imaginative response suggested a poem to me, as well; and I thank him for that. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.