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Snake Class 10 English Poem Summary, Explanation, Literary devices

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Snake CBSE class 10 English Poem Summary, Explanation, Difficult words, Question Answers

CBSE class 10 English Poem 6 - Snake Poem Summary- and detailed explanation of the poem along with meanings of difficult words and literary devices used in the poem. Summary is followed by explanation of the Poem Snake. All the exercises and Question and Answers given at the back of the lesson.



About the author

David Herbert Richards Lawrence
1885 – 1930
Born in England, U.K.


D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), English novelist, storywriter, critic, poet and painter, is one of the greatest figures in 20th-century English literature.  His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation.

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Some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct. Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile which he called his "savage pilgrimage“(Autobiography of the poet).



SNAKE Summary


The poem talks about the peaceful co – existence between man and the other creatures in the world. It also talks about man’s sins and the guilt which he has when he fails to perform his duty of respecting these other creatures which are God’s creations.


It being an extremely hot day, the poet comes to his water trough to quench his thirst. There he sees a golden-brown snake already drinking water. He is afraid and at the same time, welcomes his guest. He considers himself next in turn and waits patiently for his turn.


He is fascinated by this creation of God which seems harmless and whose only aim is to quench its thirst and retreat. The poet’s inner voice asks him to kill it as it being golden brown in colour, is considered to be poisonous.


The snake is unaware of the presence of the poet and in its natural way, quenches its thirst and withdraws into the hole in the wall.


When the snake is on its way into the hole, the poet is terrorized at the thought of the snake withdrawing into a world of darkness. He picks up a log of wood, hurls it at the snake.


He misses it but the snake senses danger and disappears into the hole in a haste.


The poet is still fascinated by the snake, but a sense of guilt grips him. He regrets his act of trying to hit the snake. He finds a similarity between this feeling of repentance to that of the ancient mariner who had killed the Albatross. He considers his act to be wrongful, to hit his ‘guest’. He wishes that the snake comes back so that he can apologize and make amends for insulting the uncrowned king in exile in the underworld due to be crowned again.


Snake Poem Summary CBSE Class 10 - Background and Summary



SNAKE Poem Explanation


A snake came to my water-trough

On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat,

To drink there.