The yaguar by ted Hughes
In stanza 1, an image of distorted nature commences. The opening range ‘the apes yawn and adore their very own fleas in the sun' reveals an oxymoron that mirrors a sense of both equally boredom and decay pertaining to the reader. The aural symbolism and onomatopoeia of ‘the parrots shriek' is associated by two similes ‘as if they were on fire' and ‘strut like inexpensive tarts' to incorporate visual images, parrots which have been acting desperately and unusually for interest and food
In stanza 2, the vacant cage ‘stinks of sleepers from the deep breathing straw! ' though both sibilance and olfactory imagery ‘stinks of sleepers' someone comprehends the unhealthy, foetid environment. The personification in ‘breathing straw' suggests the straw has more presence than caged pets or animals. The reader perceives and smells a darker prison with animals.
In stanza several the precise landscape outside and inside the jaguar's cage is established firstly by ‘crowd, stands, stares mesmerised'. The sibilance evokes requirements of the field: vast numbers of people, alone, so we hear only breathing or the sound of ‘hushing' others. The actual jaguar is ‘hurrying enraged through prison night after the exercises of eyes'. The metaphor and visible imagery of ‘prison darkness' suggests the bars or perhaps window from the enclosure and lack of lumination. The ‘drill of his eyes' will be silhouetted against the darkness, and so the focus of the image is centre of shining yellow eye.
The jaguar's mind jealous his freedom so that he's physically captured yet mentally free. Someone sees the actual jaguar sees in his individual mind through series of metaphors. ‘His stride is wilderness of freedom' suggests the jaguar shifting freely in the natural home, the grasslands and flatlands of Africa. In ‘ the world proceeds under the lengthy thrust of his heel' the yaguar is shifting so immediately and powerfully that we see only pixels of landscape. Our concentrate is within the sleek, muscle body of the jaguar. The final metaphor ‘over the cage floor the horizon come'...