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The paper analyzes Rainer Marie Rilke's use of rhyme in his poem "The Panther" as well as the poem's central image of the animal behind the bars. The paper looks at the vision of containment and Rilke's attempts to capture the essence of a wild thing in a zoo and put it on display before the public. The paper suggests that this sense of wildness 'caught' may be why this poem still captivates readers today and strikes a chord with anyone who has visited a zoo or a place where animals are kept in captivity.
From the Paper:"When doing a line-by-line explication of the poem by Rainer Marie Rilke, entitled "The Panther," it is important to remember that the reader is dealing with a translation, not with the original text. In other words, when constructing the interpretation, the reader who cannot speak German can only understand the poem through the translator's imperfect rendition of the poem into English. In this case, the translator has chosen to create an ABAB rhyming structure in the first stanza, rhyming the words "bars" and "are." Then, the translator uses a slant, or slightly 'off' rhyme of the words "hold" and "world" to pair the second and fourth lines Although these words are not perfect rhymes, they still exhibit consonance, or similar consonant, hard sounds. Rhyming these words stresses the importance of the bars which 'are' impenetrable, and real, and that the entire world of the animal is contained or held."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Rilke, Rainer Marie. "The Panther." Complete e-text available2 Jul 1999. 22 Nov 2007.<http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/136.html>
Cite this Poem Review:
"The Panther" (2008, July 30) Retrieved February 22, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/poem-review/the-panther-106238/
""The Panther"" 30 July 2008. Web. 22 February. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/poem-review/the-panther-106238/>