The Panther by Rainer Marie Rilke In the Jardin des Plantes
The Panther by Rainer Marie Rilke In the Jardin des Plantes, Paris His vision, from the constantly passing bars, 1 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. As he paces in cramped circles, over and over, 5 the movement of his powerful soft strides is like a ritual dance around a center in which a mighty will stands paralyzed. Only at times, the curtain of the pupils 9 lifts, quietly--. An image enters in, rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles, plunges into the heart and is gone. Tr. Stephen Mitchell
1. What kind of “image enters in” the heart of the panther in the final stanza?
2. How are images of confinement achieved in the poem? Why doesn’t Rilke describe the final image in lines 10-12?