What Does The Jaguar Represent In Ted Hughes's Poem "The Jaguar"?

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Ted Hughes is one of the most famous names in the contemporary world of poetry. He is called the animal poet, because many of his poems describe animals and represent human beings by using animal imagery. Animal kingdom is his private mythology. He has an extraordinary way of looking into life. He exposes human follies, anger, and hatred through the animal kingdom. His themes are explored by means of image, myth and symbol.The Jaguar is a poem about a fierce animal from the image of which Ted Hughes unearths something about human nature. On the surface, the poem is an animal poem which reminds us of the wrath and violence of the Jaguar. It is a symbolic poem about an animal which is fiercely energetic. Here the poet reveals his thoughts through a sight of a zoo. The animals like the apes, the parrots and even the snakes, tigers and lion seemed to be quite content with their present situation. These animals as they accepted imprisonment, rest in somnolence. For instance, the apes ravel in yawning and adoring their fleas in the sun. The parrots are uttering loud cries or moving about proudly as to attract the attention of the spectators and get nuts from them. The tiger and the lion looked tired and lazy as they lie motionless in the sunlight. In fact, all of these animals are fatigued with indolence. As a result, the zoo looks like a multicolored picture painted on a nursery wall by the very students of the nursery. Even the boa-constrictor seems to have lost its strength and velocity and lies like an ancient fossil.In fact, the zoo is an artificial place where the animals being removed form their natural habitation, are put in cage after cage. Since the animals are taken from their natural habitation, they are deprived of the greenery and expansion of woods. A spectator in a zoo can detect some of their presence only from the smell of the sleeping animals.But, in front of the cage of the Jaguar the situation is different. The crowd stands still as if hypnotized by some kind of extra terrestrial magical force. Inside the cage the jaguar strives majestically. His eyes seem to be 'blind in fire'. He spins from the bars with wrath and ferocity. Even the person who is attracted to this cage behaves as a child at a dream. The jaguar is in a state of rage and its eyes seem to be a drilling machine which can drill a hole into the darkness of the imprisonment. The blood in the brain of the Jaguar seems to have deadened consciousness concerning the spectators. His blood runs through his veins so forcefully that all other sights and sounds are obliterated.In this poem the Jaguar represents the...

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