10 English Chapter 3 Tiger in Zoo Leslie Norris

Chapter Notes and Summary
The poem ‘Tiger’ by Leslie Norris speaks about tiger which is a wild animal. It does not belong to a cage in a zoo, but has been confined to it. Poet compares his life in a zoo to his life in natural habitat. Poem raises important questions like, is tiger’s really place in zoo or a forest? and why is he in quiet rage? helplessness felt by tiger is aptly portrayed, as poem moves from zoo to forest and then back to caged tiger in zoo.
Stanzawise Explanation of Poem
I.
He stalks………………………………………………………………quiet rage.
The tiger has bright yellow stripes. He is prancing up and down in his cage. space is not enough for him but he is helpless.
II. He should…………………………………………………………….deer pass.
The Poet feels that this tiger should be in his natural habitat. He should be looking in shadow preparing for an attack on innocent victim, may be a deer who has come to drink water.
III. He should……………………………………………………………the village!
His roar should be heard in forest and not in some cage. Over there people would be terrified to see his fangs and claws.
IV. But his……………………………………………………………………..visitors.
Here in zoo, he has only become an object to be admired. His strength is locked in a concrete cell behind bars. He ignores visitors as they don’t interest him anymore.
V. He heard………………………………………………………….brilliant stars.
In forest, he would have heard voices of birds and animals and would be planning to attack on innocent animals. Here, in zoo he hears only voices of patrolling cars. His eyes would be shining in dark. Now, in cage also they are shining, but not to search for its victims. Rather, they have been compared to stars, who mutely look at world below. His rage has been caged.
VI. tigers………………………………………………………………….behind.
Many words have been used by poet to show ferociousness of tiger-rage, snarls, stalks, Baring his white fangs, terrorising, etc. Then, poet tells how all this is locked behind bars.

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