How Does D.H. Lawrence Describe the Snake and Capture His Opinion of It in His Poem “Snake”

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How does D.H. Lawrence describe the snake and capture his opinion of it in his poem “Snake” “Snake” by D.H. Lawrence is about a snake is living near him. The snake went to D.H. Lawrence water-trough to drink water. He describes his own feeling about the snake. After that he wants to kill it but he regretted immediately.

D.H. Lawrence describes the snake in the first six stanzas. He used the sibilance ‘Softly drank through his straight gums, into his slack long body, Silently’ to describe the sound of the snake. The’s’ in the sentences the make the reader think the snake’s hissing sound. And the word ‘fissure’ is describing the sound but it just sound like the hiss of the snake. He use different ways to talk about the hiss of the snake shows‘s’ sound is the symbol of the snake. He also describes the colour and the shape of the snake too. He describe it in ‘yellow-brown’ at the first time, which suggests something quite unpleasant and it is not really powerful and not nice, but he wrote ‘Gold’ to describe the snake shows that it is beautiful and really powerful like the King of the world. He uses a really long sentence to describe the length of the snake. He use repletion of ‘slack’ in ‘slackness soft-bellied’ and ‘slack long body’ to emphasises what the snake looks like and he use a sibilance to describe the shape.

He describes the snake’s movement when it is relaxed and frightened. He uses repletion ‘Slowly’ in ’Slowly... Slowly....Very slowly’ show how the snake moves and ‘Lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunk’ shows it is swaying, almost as if it is dizzy when it is relaxed. He also uses a simile ‘He lifted his head from his drinking, as cattle do’ show the snake looks friend and kind when it is relaxed-like a cow. He use a simile ‘Writhed like lightning’ and word choice ‘convulsed in undignified haste’ show it move really fast when it is really frightened. In this poem, we read it slowly because it is in a really long...
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