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"The Jaguar," by Ted Hughes.

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The Jaguar "The Jaguar," by Ted Hughes, Ted Hughes explains his admiration for the Jaguar in this poem. The poem is describing a zoo where most of the animals, except the jaguar and the parrots, are being lazy and boring. We can tell this from the way Hughes describes their movement and appearance. He shows his enthusiasm and passion for the jaguar by using many metaphors and hyperboles. Although he does not share the same like towards the parrots, he does go into great detail to describe their actions. He explains how they "sell themselves like cheap tarts" to the on looking audience and remarks on the way they "shriek" and walk. One of the most bold and eye-catching ways he shows his enthusiasm for the jaguar is going from the second verse to the third. ...read more.


He does this to add to the feeling of tiredness and slow pace by making the line longer to read without punctuation. At the end of the second verse, the poet describes the majority of the animals as; "Painted on a nursery wall." He is showing that these animals look so harmless and tame that they would just be like a simple kid's toy and also the fact that their movement is either slow or they are not moving at all. He feels they are so harmless that they remind him of paintings. The pace of the poem is picked up when a crowd of people start to run over and flock beside the jaguar's cage, where the jaguar is pacing about "on a short fierce fuse," suggesting that the jaguar could explode any minute into a complete fit of rage. ...read more.


He adds to his feelings for the jaguar by exaggerating somewhat how the crowds are just waiting to see what he will do next, "the world rolls over the thrust of his heel." Here, the poet is using hyperbole to exaggerate his feelings towards the jaguar and make out as if the jaguar is the most important thing in the world at that time, when quite simply it is no where near. In this poem, the poet, Ted Hughes expresses his enthusiasm towards the subject by describing the jaguar's superiority over the other animals in the zoo. All of this is extremely effective in aiding his description and highlighting the uniqueness of the jaguar to the rest. Overall this poem gave good decisive descriptions of movement and of setting and showed the poets likes and dislike towards animals clearly and understandably. ...read more.

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