To him the world is bars, a hundred thousand 4. Why do you think she mentions 'the traffic lights' line 5?
It seems that there is quite a cottage industry in translating this poem! Are these words Clarke's shouts and screams of pain, or are they words of a poem she thinks of through her labour?
Much the same holds true for the sound devices and imagery. Lines 7 and 8 reveal Beauty bound by men, and the power that is subdued in the process. Mother and child 'fought over' line 9 the cord.
Speaking of the poet's background, Gabriel Okara is a Nigerian born Lines 5 and 6 represent Beauty, or more specifically, the beauty of nature and the natural world.
So the tone of the poem evokes to let the animal survive in their natural sate or habitat. Discussing the figurative language of the poem is somewhat problematic because the poem is translated, and each translation uses different figurative language.
The panther inside the cage of the zoo has a powerful desire to go out because he feels paralyzed and arrested. The dominating mood is joy. For alternate translations, go to my Panther Translations Page Make sure you come back though!
Rilke employs personification in the first line of the poem to help evoke an ironic tone upon the reader.