These poems though similar also differ in their portrayal of jaguars. "The Jaguar," portrays the jaguar in captivity, subjugated, exploited, and desperately struggling to maintain his dignity. Hughes describes the jaguar as being in "prison darkness," which mirrors the hopeless captivity of the animal. Hughes concludes the poem by writing "over the cage floor the horizons come" implying that the jaguar hasn't accepted his fate and and still retains his wildness.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In the poem "A Second Glance at a Jaguar" the author, Edward Hughes, expands more on the way a jaguar moves as opposed to what a jaguar thinkIn the poem "A Second Glance at a Jaguar" the author, Edward Hughes, expands more on the way a jaguar moves as opposed to what a jaguar thinks and feels. In "A Second Glance at a Jaguar," Hughes describes the movement of the jaguar by saying "the hip going in and out of the joint, dropping the spine." Hughes similar vocabulary in both poems even though they portray jaguar's very differently. In "The Jaguar," Hughes describes the jaguar's eyes as being "blind in fire" and similarly in "A Second Glance at a Jaguar" Hughes describes the eyes of the animal as "splitting embers."