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Theory:

The Tiger
The tiger behind the bars of his cage growls,
The tiger behind the bars of his cage snarls,
The tiger behind the bars of his cage roars.
Then he thinks.
It would be nice not to be behind bars all
The time
Because they spoil my view
I wish I were wild, not on show.
But if I were wild, hunters might shoot me,
But if I were wild, food might poison me,
But if I were wild, water might drown me.
Then he stops thinking
And...
The tiger behind the bars of his cage growls,
The tiger behind the bars of his cage snarls,
The tiger behind the bars of his cage roars.
~ PETER NIBLETT
About the poem:
 
The poem depicts the plight of a tiger who is caged in a zoo. The tiger is behind bars, and there are visitors for him. He snarls and roars behind bars. For a moment, he wonders what it might be like to be out in the open. He wants to be like every other wild animal. But he is also doubtful of hunters and being poisoned outside. He is, therefore, in a dilemma about both worlds.
 
The Panther
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.
As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a centre
in which a mighty will stands paralysed.
Only at times, the curtain of the pupils
lifts, quietly. An image enters in,
rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,
plunges into the heart and is gone.
~RAINER MARIA RILKE
About the poem:
 
The poem talks about a panther who is caged in a zoo. It had become very tired of being in an enclosed space. It can only see bars and not the outside world. Although he is idle in a cramped space, there are certain moments when his pupil opens as he dreams of being in the outer world just like the other animals.