This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Close Reading Of "The Panther" Essay

1611 words - 7 pages

The poem “The Panther” by Rainer Maria Rilke is written in the free verse form of poetry. As such, it is concerned with capturing images and delivering emotions (“Writing Free Verse"). The poet has chosen the length of each line purposefully, with the effect that a rhythm has been established despite the lack of rhyme. This rhythm has been created because the lines of the poem resemble the structural patterns of normal speech (“Writing Free Verse"). The flow that this grants the poem becomes evident when it is read aloud. The poet has also made another effort to establish the rhythm of the poem. Some poems use a capital at the beginning of each new line, whether the line is a new sentence or not. By choosing not to do this, Rilke avoids giving the appearance of a new sentence or idea at each new line. Instead, his use of minuscule letters at the start of each line allows the poem to be read as one continuous, rhythmic idea.

“The Panther” consists of three stanzas. The following is the first:

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,
has grown so weary that it cannot hold
anything else. It seems to him there are
a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.
(Lines 1-4)

A primary function of this first stanza is to establish the setting. Extensive and repetitive imagery of bars creates the setting. The words “constantly passing bars” (Rilke 1) forms the image of bars blurring past the panther; the panther’s vision has beheld the great quantity of bars for so long that it has “grown so weary…it cannot hold/anything else” (Rilke 2-3) . “A thousand bars” (Rilke, 4) further develops the imagery. This large number is likely an exaggeration and it works to intensify the ideas of stress and confinement that are associated with bars. The connotation of the repeated word “bars” creates the setting of a cage, without the word “cage” ever being actually mentioned. The last mention of bars (“and behind the bars, no world” (Rilke 4)) seems to offer a glimpse of the setting beyond the cage, but the prospects of life outside are as bleak as those within. As a result, the tension surrounding the confinement of the panther intensifies.

A second important function of the first stanza is the establishment of the voice. The voice is undramatized, meaning that its identity is not stated. The point of view of the voice is that of a subjective third-person, who is able to not only describe the physical aspect of the poem’s subject but also describe his emotions. This is clear when the voice describes the weariness of the panther in the second line of the poem. The voice, aware of how the cage has exhausted and frustrated the panther, makes a conscious attempt to view the situation through the panther’s weary eyes, clearly trying to empathize with it: “It seems to him there are/ a thousand bars”(Rilke 3-4). The word choice here is crucial to perceiving that underlying sympathizing attitude in the voice, an attitude that is evident throughout the...

Find Another Essay On Close Reading of "The Panther"

This essay is about the close reading of the poem. Oh captain my captain

783 words - 3 pages what was happening in history at that time and re-reading the poem, a completely different story is told. The first few lines of the poem introduce this metaphor, alluding to the Civil War period, which the rest of the poem expands on. This metaphor between Lincoln and the captain is conveying Whitman's grief towards recent events. The diction in this poem consists of repetitive phrases along with powerful and moving words, which are sad in nature

The Little Prince- Analysis on the power of imaginiation - English Literature - Chapters1-6, close reading

2646 words - 11 pages ; and it is true that geography has been very useful to me. At a glance I can distinguish China from Arizona. If one gets lost in the night, such knowledge is valuable. In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn't much improved my opinion of them. Whenever

Close reading of William Carlos Williams - English Literature - Close reading essay

803 words - 4 pages Isabel Deibe Close reading of William Carlos Williams’ ‘The Widow’s Lament in Springtime’ The title of the poem straight away lets us know that Williams is taking on another persona – the voice of the ‘widow’ mentioned. The word ‘lament’ suggests that the poem will be an emotional outpour. Williams convincingly assumes the role of a woman by writing in free verse. This is because free verse allows the speech to sound natural, personal and casual

Close reading and analysis of Sherman Alexie's "On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City."

651 words - 3 pages really is. However, his Native American upbringing has instilled in him a deep respect for elders. A characteristic that our culture lacks teaching to its young sometimes. He, like many of his kind, is very honorable and respectful of those who deserve respect."On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City" was honestly one of the best poems I have ever read. It is about a subject that I have not put much thought about. However, after reading this

This is a close reading aka analysis of the poem "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by William Carlos Williams

510 words - 3 pages The poem "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus", by William Carlos Williams, portrays in writing the painting by Brueghel. The piece depicts the Greek myth of the tragedy of Icarus, a boy who flew too close to the sun with wax wings and fell into the sea to his death. The poem has no set rhyme scheme or meter, an example of one of Williams' many free verse poems. After reading the poem many times, I started sensing a feeling of insignificance; that

Close Reading of The Changeling

1826 words - 8 pages Within Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling the selective use of language accentuates various ideas and notions, demonstrating the capability words have in manipulating perceptions. It is the strategic placement of double-entendres on behalf of DeFlores that greatly affect consequences, as disguising his lustful intents as honesty aids in the damnation of himself and Beatrice. Although deceiving in nature only to Beatrice, through the insertion

Reading Response (close reading of a quote from a story) - American Literature 2 - Assignment

601 words - 3 pages May 3 Persephonie May ENGL 2132 Dr. Vandenbossche January 23, 2018 Reading Response One “I haven’t the least idea what such young ladies expect a man to do. But I really think that you had better not meddle with little American girls that are uncultivated, as you call them. You have lived too long out of the country. You will be sure to make some great mistake. You are too innocent.” Mrs. Costello says these words to Winterbourne when they

Close reading paper of Winter's Tale and Hamlet and the involvement of Love after Death in the text. - University of Illinois/ English 218 - Essay

1689 words - 7 pages Jordan Roberts English 218 Close Reading Paper #2 November 12, 2017 Love after Death A recurring theme of loving your partner after their death has been common in our readings throughout the plays we have been analyzing in class. In The Winter’s Tale and Hamlet I saw a lot of men mistreating their women or not really showing them love until their death. In the case of the male this occurred for them to get their way. In the case of the females

close reading of "Nothing gold can stay - University of Regina - essay

545 words - 3 pages Gao 3 Yunsong Gao Aislinn McDougall ENGL 100-992 January 31st 2018 A Close Reading of “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost is a poem about the cycle of life. Throughout the poem, Frost explores innocence lost by using unique techniques to express seasonal changes. Ultimately this reveals the philosophy that everything that is real and beautiful will eventually disappear, which suggests nothing is

The Importance of Reading

1018 words - 5 pages As an English teacher, I understand how important reading is. I see, on a daily basis, the struggles of students who come from backgrounds where education and reading are not valued. I see the students who are strong readers excel, vastly outpacing their peers in the classroom and gaining opportunities for which other students didn’t even know to dream. As a psychology teacher, I can appreciate how critical it is that young children are exposed

The Importance of Reading

1139 words - 5 pages The Importance of Reading “Why do you read all the time?” A frequently asked question of my past and I still find it repeated even now as I have entered a higher class of the educated. Whenever posed with this blatant criticism of my preferred free time activity, I simply answer with “Why don’t you read all the time?” Of course I might sound like the biggest geek that ever walked the face of the earth, but the fact of the matter is that no

Similar Essays

The Questioning Poet: A Close Reading Of Dickinsons 569

1831 words - 8 pages When one reads Emily Dickinson, one is expecting a piece of writing which is full of dread and discontent in the world. This is why at first glance poem number 569, or "I reckon- When I count at all-" one instantly feels taken aback by the apparent positive imagery that is found within the writing. However upon close reading one makes a realization that the poem is just as dark as her other pieces, if not even more upsetting. Although the

Close Reading Of Shakespeare´S Sonnet 130

795 words - 3 pages ). In essence, he deliberately uses the metaphors against themselves. Her eyes are not like the sun. Her lips are nothing close to the color of coral. Aside from subversive comparisons and exaggerated similes, Sonnet 130 is wrought with the ambiguity. According to The Oxford English Dictionary, a mistress is considered “female head of a family, household, or other establishment; a woman holding such a position in conjunction with a male

The Faerie Queene, A Close Reading

1491 words - 6 pages The Faerie Queene; a close reading The first four stanzas of Spenser's Faerie Queene introduce us to the Redcrosse Knight and Una, two of the main characters in book one. We meet Redcrosse "pricking on the plain," which meant riding or galloping forth in Spenser's day. He carries with him a silver shield and is clothed in strong armour that is dented and damaged from wounds in previous battles. However, he has not done the damage because "arms

A Close Reading Of Pages 100 To 115 Of The Remains Of The Day

1435 words - 6 pages   "Examine pages 100 to 115 of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel "The Remains of the day" in detail.  Show by a close reading of key scenes within this how the novelist's language and form both reveals, and conceals, central issues of character, emotion, politics and memory."   Pages100-115 of Ishiguro's novel describe the beginning of a journey to the west country taken by a man called Stevens, (a model English butler