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
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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. All the jaguar can do is react in the same way and return
this sense of visual power.

The following two stanzas are linked with enjambments, to show on
ongoing flow. 'On a short fierce fuse…' This sentence shows the
jaguars temper and how It is about to explode. The third line of this
particular stanza contains a lot of 'b' consonance and all words in
this line are monosyllables. This is obviously supposed to show how
strong this line is. I think it...

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