Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
May 2nd, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 313,730 comments.
Sylvia Plath - Pursuit

Dans le fond des forêts votre image me suit.
                                     RACINE


There is a panther stalks me down:
 One day I'll have my death of him;
 His greed has set the woods aflame,
He prowls more lordly than the sun.
Most soft, most suavely glides that step,
 Advancing always at my back;
 From gaunt hemlock, rooks croak havoc:
The hunt is on, and sprung the trap.
Flayed by thorns I trek the rocks,
 Haggard through the hot white noon.
 Along red network of his veins
What fires run, what craving wakes?

Insatiate, he ransacks the land
 Condemned by our ancestral fault,
 Crying:  blood, let blood be spilt;
Meat must glut his mouth's raw wound.
Keen the rending teeth and sweet
 The singeing fury of his fur;
 His kisses parch, each paw's a briar,
Doom consummates that appetite.
In the wake of this fierce cat,
 Kindled like torches for his joy,
 Charred and ravened women lie,
Become his starving body's bait.

Now hills hatch menace, spawning shade;
 Midnight cloaks the sultry grove;
 The black marauder, hauled by love
On fluent haunches, keeps my speed.
Behind snarled thickets of my eyes
 Lurks the lithe one; in dreams' ambush
 Bright those claws that mar the flesh
And hungry, hungry, those taut thighs.
His ardor snares me, lights the trees,
 And I run flaring in my skin;
 What lull, what cool can lap me in
When burns and brands that yellow gaze?

I hurl my heart to halt his pace,
 To quench his thirst I squander blook;
 He eats, and still his need seeks food,
Compels a total sacrifice.
His voice waylays me, spells a trance,
 The gutted forest falls to ash;
 Appalled by secret want, I rush
From such assault of radiance.
Entering the tower of my fears,
 I shut my doors on that dark guilt,
 I bolt the door, each door I bolt.
Blood quickens, gonging in my ears:

The panther's tread is on the stairs,
Coming up and up the stairs.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 844 times | Comments and analysis of Pursuit by Sylvia Plath Comments (22)

Pursuit - Comments and Information

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Pursuit
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1959
Poem of the Day: Oct 2 2015

Comment 22 of 22, added on April 6th, 2016 at 7:33 AM.
iJYPFDqIVYYqy

UokfyZ Im grateful for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

photo editor from Armenia
Comment 21 of 22, added on March 31st, 2016 at 1:10 PM.
GWzPbxvgjRSl

fUoqcd Major thankies for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

coco ser vice from Bahamas
Comment 20 of 22, added on March 1st, 2016 at 4:10 AM.
phwUdfEzSVswviYT

jh8jQw themselves, particularly thinking about the fact that you simply could possibly have performed it if you ever decided. The pointers at the same time served to supply an incredible method to

cocoservice from Jamaica

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Pursuit, has received 22 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Plath Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links