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A poetry commentary on The Jaguar, by Ted Hughes

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A poetry commentary on The Jaguar, by Ted Hughes The Jaguar is a descriptive poem by Ted Hughes. It tells the story of a jaguar and its life at a zoo. The poem very much describes the atmosphere of the zoo and how this particular jaguar overcomes this enclosed surrounding. I think the authors words are very passionate and strongly link to the character and behaviour of the jaguar. I think he expects the reader to visualise this scene and have the same thoughts as the jaguar. I think he also expects us to really stress key words and read it in a flowing way. Just like the jaguar's movements. The tone varies between the stanzas. The first two stanzas suggest a very negative tone, and then this is followed by a quick transmission word and alters to a triumphant and strong tone. Overall the sound of the poem portrays strength and admiration. ...read more.


Words such as cage, empty, still, stinks are all strong adjectives which suggest this negative atmosphere. The last line symbolises emptiness and no life, because the whole scene is said to be, '...painted on a nursery wall.' The third stanza is interrupted with a transmission word. It shows to me a change of story and setting. It also uses very strong words such as mesmerized, followed by a simile which describes how fascinated the audience are at the jaguar and its appearance. As the jaguars eyes drills right through there's. They are penetrating and staring right through the ones of the audience. This sense is in the form of a metaphor. I think this sense gives the audience a feel of power. They can stare and really look into this fascinating but wild beast, knowing that there is no chance of danger or any life threatening causes. As in real life situations, with no protection between the two sides this competition would be approached differently concerning the human being. ...read more.


Automatically when the words freedom and horizons appear we the reader think of the wilderness, forests, and deserts and so on. I think this stanza strongly represents freedom and free space. This is his world, compared to ours. Her again we see consonance, since it shows a vital point. Now near the end, the jaguar's horizons are still growing although in reality he is condemned to the same amount of space as before. The poem it self contains many double meanings, which are connected to real life and a story which is being told in the poem. To me it seems to be a source of motivation, and a message behind it saying: you should believe in your self and overcome difficulties in a smart manner. I think it also shows what is behind the jaguars thought. It shows his impression of the zoo and portrays his feelings. To him the people seem to be a hindrance which the jaguar has to psychologically overcome. For the audience it is no more than a spectacular ten minutes of 'wild life' and this thought soon disappears and is forgotten in the memory. ...read more.

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