I need a short summary of poem "Snake" by D H Lawrence
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From his collection Birds, Beasts, and Flowers (1923), "Snake" is a poem that is both literal in its description of a beautiful golden snake that comes on a "Sicilian July," and metaphoric, in its other-worldliness that is pure and innocent in contrast to the corrupt human world.
Not unlike the serpent of the Garden of Eden, the golden snake steals his way into the Sicilian garden to drink from the water trough. As he does so, the speaker watches him drink as a "guest in quiet." Somehow, the speaker feels honored that the snake has chosen his trough from which to drink, and he watches the snake drink, luxurating in the relief it provides. After quenching his thirst, the snake looks around "like a god, unseeing, into the air," and slowly turning his head, moves his golden body into a black crevice in the wall. As the snake retreats into the darkness, the speaker recriminates himself, and "in perversity," he hurls a log at the venomous snake, adhering to the tradition to kill these snakes. However, as soon as he does this, he regrets his action, "For he seemed to me again like a king," the speaker remarks. Having missed his chance with "one of the lords of Life," the speaker feels that he has something "to expiate: A pettiness" towards nature.
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