The image passes through the body, which has ceased its endless circling and seems to await a command. Yet when the image reaches the animal’s heart, it disappears without a trace, leaving the cat to pursue its pacing in the void and leaving the reader to feel sadness at the waste” (Slomski).
The Panther misses the world and the freedom. Rilke creates the image of a panther even though he uses such miniscule amounts of detail and never actually talks about a panther or a cage in the poem itself. The panther wants out, but getting out is not an