Post 1914 Poetry Comparison. D. H. Lawrence, Snake. Sylvia Plath, Medallion.

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English Literature Coursework. Post 1914 poetry comparison. D. H. Lawrence, Snake. Sylvia Plath, Medallion. By close reference to these poems compare and contrast the views of snakes presented by Lawrence and Plath. In your answer you should consider: • The tone of the poems and language used. • The moral and philosophical agendas of the poets. In this essay I will try to compare two poems, the first of which is by D. H. Lawrence entitled Snake. The second is by Sylvia Plath and is entitled Medallion. I will compare the language used, the structure, the theme and the tone of each poem. Firstly I will look at snake; this is because it was written first. Very simply the theme of snake is that the poet finds a snake…show more content…
Colour is often associated with life so here it seems that Plath is trying to bring the snake back to life through the use of colour "his little vermilion eyes", the garnet bits burned like that." Also the use of fire seems to add life to the snake as a fire is seen as a very lively thing always moving and flickering. "Yet his belly kept its fire" and "old jewels smouldering there". This second phrase I think is very striking as it is associated with the fact that there was once a fire now only the remains of one that you could make another fire out of. This I feel is referring to the snuffed out life of the snake and the fact that there may still be a bit of life there and you could almost revive it. The first six stanzas are descriptive about all the beautiful things that the snake has to offer. However at the end of the seventh stanza the poet describes all the nasty things that are happening to the snake in death. This is a huge contrast and the way the poet writes it seems to suggest that the snake is worthy of more. However when Plath writes "he was chaste enough" this seems to suggest to me that the poet thinks it is a good thing that the snake is dead as it can do no more harm. The last sentence of the poem is "the yardman's flung brick perfected his laugh." This is almost saying how unfair it was that the snake was killed and how much the yardman does not care. I think the yardman here stands for the vast majority of people on this earth that

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