Tiger in the Zoo Poem Analysis

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What is the effect of the repetition of the tiger's actions in the poem?

Creates a sense of monotony and captivity

What do the bars symbolize in the poem 'The Tiger'?

Confinement and restriction

How does the tiger feel about being behind bars according to the poem?

Frustrated and constrained

What does the passing of bars represent in 'The Panther' poem?

Weary resignation to captivity

How does the panther's movement around a centre reflect his situation?

It echoes his acceptance of his confined life.

What does Rainer Maria Rilke suggest through the image that enters the panther's gaze?

A longing for escape and freedom

What is the main contrast discussed in the poem 'A Tiger in the Zoo'?

The behavior of a tiger in a concrete cage versus a tiger in its natural habitat

In the poem, where should the tiger ideally be according to its natural instincts?

Near the water hole where plump deer pass

What does the poet imply about the tiger's current state in the zoo through the use of words like 'concrete cell' and 'behind bars'?

It is confined and restricted from its natural behaviors

What does the phrase 'his strength behind bars' indicate about the tiger?

Its power and potential are limited by being in captivity

How does the poet use imagery to portray the tiger's longing for freedom?

By depicting it staring at the stars with brilliant eyes

What effect does the poet achieve by contrasting the tiger's movements in its cage with those in the wild?

Illustrating the confinement and restriction faced by zoo tigers

Test your understanding of the poem 'Tiger in the Zoo' by identifying which stanzas describe the tiger in the zoo and which ones describe the tiger in its natural habitat. Explore the contrasts presented in the poem.

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