Anda di halaman 1dari 4

This beautiful short lyric has been composed by the famous Irish poet James Stephens.

He
was actively associated with the Irish Nationalist Movement. This poem deals with the pain
and suffering found in this world. The poet expresses his grief over man's inability to reach
out to the needy and the unfortunate to rescue them from their affliction.

The poet hears a painful cry of a poor rabbit caught up in a snare. He hears the cry again
and tries to find out the poor victim but fails to locate the place. The painful cry haunts him
and it creates a horror in the whole atmosphere. Even the air seems to be full of fear
and pain. The cries become loud and painful and everything is over powered by their
sorrowful effect.

As the poet hears the painful cries of his poor animal again, he struggles hard to find out the
place where it is in trouble. He imagines the small face of the rabbit wrinkled up in severe
pain. The rabbit calls again for help but the poet is unable to discover the animal. The poet
feels that the paw of the rabbit is caught up in a trap and it is calling out for help.

The poet hears the call again and again and searches him everywhere in order to help him.
The incident narrated in the poem arouses a nameless sympathy for the poor and for those
who are weak and unhappy. The poet raises a question as to why is there so much
undeserved pain in this world? Why should the weak and the poor always suffer at the hands
of merciless, blind forces?
THESNAREBYJAMESSTEPHENSESSAY
This is one of interesting poem. All sentences are using simple present tense. If we
look up the function of simple present tense, we knows that simple present tense is used to
say that something was true in the past, is true in the present, and will be true in the future,
express habitual or everyday activity, or indicate a situation that exists right now, at the
moment of speaking. In this poem, we may assume that the using of simple present is to
indicate a situation that exists right know. The effect of that is if we listen to someone who
read this poem, we will feel that he/she try to speak with us about something that happen
right now.

I hear a sudden cry of pain! In the first line, wa can see that the writer tells us that
he hears a cry. A cry that suddenly appears and makes him aware and try to listen it more. The
using of interjection means that he is surprised. Then he says that is a sound of a rabbit
trapping in a snare. A rabbit can make sound when it is in pain. An ordinary people perhaps
doesnt know how its sound but the writer does. The man which the writer be may be an
experienced man in the jungle.

Then he hear the cry again but he doesnt know where the sound come from. It may
be because the sound is too silent or the rabbit is far away from him. He is calling out for
aid; The writer says the rabbit with pronounciation he. It shows his sympathy to the rabbit.

The writer uses part of speech personification. He pronounces the rabbit by using he
to show and share his symphaty. He tells that the rabbit calling out for aid. Even we cannot
understand what the sound of rabbit but the writer describes it as a sound of calling out for
aid. The image that he want to show to us is a pain sound that calling for aid.

Crying on the frightened air, making everything afraid. Now, he tells that the rabbit
is crying. It is crying on the unhappy condition. He describes the bad situation, quiet and
terrible that happen now. He wants us to feel that unhappy condition.

Wringkling up his little face,. Now, he tries to give a visual imagery that become
worse. We dont know if a rabbit can wringkling his face. If it can does it do when it is in
pain? But we do know if someone wringkling his/her face, it must be he/she is in pain. The
writer want us imaging the rabbits pain. As he cries again for aid, and I cannot find the
place! The writer dont find the rabbit yet, but he can imagine the rabbits face. We will
assume that the rabbits crying is so terrible.
Where his pow is in snare; Then he imagine again the condition of the rabbit. He
imagine that the rabbit is trapped in snare, its pow is tied up in the snare. It cannot go
anywhere, only can make a pain sound.

Little one! Oh, litlle one! He tries to call the rabbit and hopes the rabbit will answer,
but he also knows that the rabbit will not answer. Until the end of the poem, he is still
searching for the rabbit. So the end situation is that he cannot find the rabbit.

This poem tries to give imagery about the unhappy situation. The situation when we
hear a misserable voice. We want to find that misserable voice come from but we can find.
The misserable voice is from a rabbit. A rabbit is a (perhaps people will tought) cute animal.
Some people like them, or at least less people who dont like it.

As I mentioned above that a rabbit will make sound when its in pain. So if we heard
the sound of rabbit we will assume that rabbit is in pain and try to find it. This poem can
make visual imagery about the condition when a rabbit trapped in snare.

Beside the imagery, this poem also have an interresting rhyme. In the first stanza, the
last word of of each line is pain, snare, again, and where. Its rhyme is a-b-a-b. In the
second stanza, the last word of each line is where, aid, air, and afraid. Its rhyme is b-
c-b-c. In the fourth stanza, the last word of each line is afraid, face, aid, and place.
Its rhyme is c-d-c-d. The last stanza does not give a good rhyme. The last word of each line is
place, snare, one and where. Its rhyme is d-b-a-d.

This poem is contained of four stanzas. In the first, second, and third stanza, the last
line is repeated into the next stanza. The last line of first stanza becomes the first line of the
second stanza. The last line of second stanza becomes the first line of the third stanza. The
last line of third stanza becomes the first line of the fourth stanza. These may be made to
make the rhyme interest.

The rhythm of this poetry is unique. There are two kinds of rhytm in this poem. The
first rhythm is iambic tetrameter. This rhythm appears in the first and second line. The second
kind is iambic, but I do not sure about the meter. It has three feet and plus one syllabel. It
appears in the third line untill the fifteenth line.

I will describe the rhythm. Each foot will devide by a slash (/) and the streessed
syllable will be bold. I hear / a sud- / -den cry / of pain!. It has four feet and the streessed
is in the end of each foot so it is Iambic tetrameter. There is/ a rab- / -bit in / a snare; It has
four feet and the streessed is in the end of each foot so it is Iambic tetrameter. Now I /
hear the / cry aga / in, It has four feet + one syllable and the streessed is in the end of each
foot except the last foot. But I/ can-not / tell from / where. It has four feet + one syllable
and the streessed is in the end of each foot except the last foot. He is / cal-ling / out for/
aid; It has four feet + one syllable and the streessed is in the end of each foot except the last
foot. Cry-ing / on the / frigh-tened / air, It has four feet + one syllable and the streessed is
in the end of each foot except the last foot. Mak-ing / e-very / thinga- / -fraid. It has four
feet + one syllable and the streessed is in the end of each foot except the last foot. Wrin-
kling / up his / lit-tle / face, It has four feet + one syllable and the streessed is in the end of
each foot except the last foot. As he / cries a- / -gain for / aid; It has four feet + one
syllable and the streessed is in the end of each foot except the last foot. And I / can-not /
find the / place! It has four feet + one syllable and the streessed is in the end of each foot
except the last foot. Where his / paw is / in the / snare: It has four feet + one syllable and
the streessed is in the end of each foot except the last foot. Lit-tle / one! Oh, / lit-tle / one!
It has four feet + one syllable and the streessed is in the end of each foot except the last foot.
I am / sear-ching / e-very / where. It has four feet + one syllable and the streessed is in the
end of each foot except the last foot.

The first two stanzas which are Iambic tetrameter have the stressed in the end of the
sentence. It may be because the writer want to show about the begining of the image that will
he show. He wants us to aware and focus about what is happened. The rest lines are also
iambic but the last syllable which have to contain stressed disappears. It may be because the
tragedy is started. He want to show us the sadneess and the sympathy.