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Eagle Poem Summary & Analysis
by Joy Harjo

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Joy Harjo's "Eagle Poem" invites readers to take an open, humble, caring attitude toward the world around them. Published in her 1990 collection In Mad Love and War, it centers on the speaker's memory of a beautiful eagle flying above the Salt River in Arizona. The eagle's circling flight reminds the speaker of human beings' connection to all living things, and of our responsibility to care for the world during the brief "circle" of our own lives.

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