Critical Appreciation of The Poem Snake
Write a critical appreciation of the poem Snake.
William Blake was the first poet to write on tiger and make his readers understand the mysterious designs of God’s creativity. Lawrence’s aim is realistic: by recalling a personal encounter with a Sicilian snake he wishes his readers to understand the beauty and dignity of a creature that is fearful but fascinating.
A snake is considered very dangerous. The first impulse of a man on seeing a snake is to hit it instantly in such a way as to finish it. The poet debates this approach on the basis of a personal experience. He saw a large snake slithering to the mouth of a water tank to quench its thirst on a hot summer day.
The poet is also making way to the tank for having a glassful of water. He has to pause when he sees this beautiful snake dipping its mouth in the tank. The snake has reached earlier, the poet must wait for his turn. It is now a moment of conflict – a conflict between conventional notions and sudden illuminations, flashes of light.
However, the poet could not entirely resist the conventional notions altogether. As the snake was retracing he threw a log of wood that hurt it an it hastened, showing its pain. Compared to man who is reckless and utterly selfish the snake is more dignified.
The poem is written in words and images that enact a long episode of observation and the movement of thoughts. Without being very explicit, Lawrence makes a strong argument in favour of the co-existence of man and all creatures, of the principle of bio-principle of bio-diversity and ecological balance.