Write a summary and analysis of the poem "Snake" by D.H.Lawrence.
This poem begins with a certain charm, at least until the end. D.H. Lawrence personifies this creature in his garden, in "Snake."
The snake comes to get a drink from the water trough on a hot day. The speaker wants water also, but with a healthy respect for the snake, decides to wait until the reptile is done. Note Lawrence's beautiful imagery, which in itself is charming:
In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-tree...
...describes where the trough is. The snake does not seem particularly threatening. In fact, the heat seems to affect speaker and snake similarly, for there is only a need to drink, nothing else.
Lawrence again describes the stunning creature: "yellow-brown," "soft-bellied," resting his "throat upon the stone," sipping from a puddle; and, it "softly drank." This warm and inviting imagery calms the reader to the presence of the snake. The speaker also further "personifies" the creature by referring to it as "he" (and saying it "mused"). In this way, the snake takes on a quiet and gentle personality as it simply comes for water. There is a connection forming, as man and snake gaze at one another. The snake is also compared (with similes) to cattle, gentle, non-threatening creatures. After the snake looks unconcernedly toward the speaker, he goes back to drinking.
He lifted his head from his drinking, as cattle do,
And looked at me vaguely, as drinking cattle do,
And flickered his two-forked tongue from his lips, and mused a moment,
And stooped and drank a little more...
Lawrence describes the snake with inviting words that make the reader want to see what the snake looks like. It is "earth-brown, earth-golden" as if it has been fashioned...
(The entire section contains 600 words.)
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