Snake by D.H. Lawrence

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Hillary Taylor
English 1302/Vasbinder
June 9, 2012
Essay 1/TPCAST/Final
I’m Sorry My Snake In the poem “Snake,” D.H. Lawrence will discuss someone who has wronged him or done something deceitful to him. As one can see in the following paragraph, Lawrence’s poem “Snake,” is about the narrator’s encounter with a venomous snake at a water trough. The narrator appears to be a man who owns the water trough, and comes to it quite often. Once he arrives at the trough, the narrator sees that he must wait because a snake has come there for water as well. The snake turns to look at the narrator slowly, flickers his tongue at him, and turns back to finish drinking. The narrator’s mind is telling him that he should kill the snake, because he
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The narrator makes a literary allusion by bringing up the albatross; “And I thought of the albatross,/ And I wished he would come back, my snake.” (ll.65-66) The narrator is referring to the albatross from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Coleridge. In this piece of literature, an albatross leads the crew of a ship to safety, however, the mariner still shoots and kills it and later regrets his decision. The narrator makes a religious allusion at the end of his poem, “For he seemed to me again like a king, Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld,/ Now due to be crowned again.” (ll.67-69). The narrator is referring to the first book of the bible when Adam and Eve are in the Garden of Eden, and the devil takes the form of a snake to cause them to sin. God then condemns the snake to crawling on his belly for the rest of eternity. The structure of Lawrence’s poem “Snake” contains stanzas varying in length, with no rhyme scheme. Altogether the poem has seven stanzas with 73 lines, varying from two words to 18 words. Lawrence’s poem is a narrative with no rhyme scheme; it is free verse, “And must wait, must stand and wait, for there he was at the trough before me. He reached down from a fissure in the earth-wall in the gloom, And trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down, over the edge of/ the stone trough” (ll.8-9). As one can see from the previous line, the narrator is telling his story of an
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