Snake English Literature Reader Poem 6 CBSE NCERT Class 10 X Poetry



you hello there tell me have you ever seen a snake generally what is our reaction to the snake when we see it we scream right or we show it away or we look for means just to kill it let me tell you about a small incident from this morning itself this morning I had an encounter with a snake on my way here any guesses what must have been my immediate reaction no I didn't kill it or shoo it away I just moved away from its path and let it slithered away after all it is just a harmless creature then might have gotten lost on its way home now it is general tendency that we all are human beings and we have to get scared when we come across any animal right but have you thought that cutting down trees and jungles to build cities we are capturing their habitat so the animals might get scared of us too so I have my own reasons not to react to that snake but as everyone react in the same way well the answer to that question is quite tough and we don't know what people may do in a situation like this but I can tell you about one person's reaction that is the poet D H Lawrence is reaction himself towards a snake in his own poem called the snake and he tells us a story about his own encounter with a snake in his backyard what do you think he did did he shoo it away did he kill it hmm I know you want to know and we will find out more in this poem okay that we are going to discuss today but before we dive into the a little bit about D H Lawrence now David Herbert Lawrence or D H Lawrence is known popularly was born on the 11th of September 1885 in Eastwood Nottinghamshire England now Lawrence was an eminent novelist short story writer poet essayist and painter which we didn't really know about he is one of the greatest figures in 20th century England Lawrence's first published work were poems and since then his poetry has you know had a significant influence on many poets Lawrence was a rebellious writer and was known for his profoundly critical and argumentative writings you'll see it in this poem – trust me one of his most popular books in his collection of poems was Birds beasts and flowers now all the poems in this collection are nature based poems and he wrote them on the basis of his own experience in the Mediterranean and the southwest of America now he categorized these poems under the heads of fruits of trees of flowers or even mere creatures like reptiles birds and animals the poems snake that we will read today falls under the category of reptiles in the same collection and it was written in the year 1923 when he was living in Sicily which happens to be a place in Italy and it is based on his actual encounter with a snake at a water trough now that we know the premise of this poem we shall read it out in totality yeah let's go snake D H Lawrence a snake came to my water trough on a hot hot day and I in pyjamas for the heat to drink there in the deep strange scented Shea of the great dark carob tree I came down the steps with my pitcher and must wait must stand and wait for there he was at the trough before me now this poem which is set in the poet's backyard explores the relationship between humans and one of the most feared reptiles on earth the venomous snake this entire poem revolves around the very encounter that we are going to talk about now well the poem has piqued my interest so let's understand and detail what is really being said here okay we're gonna read the first spot now a snake came to my water trough on a hot hot day and I in pyjamas for the heat to drink there in this part we see that the poet is talking about his encounter okay on a typical summer day with a snake when he is wearing his pajamas in order to beat the heat he had gone to fetch water from the truck he found the snake had reached that before him to drink water spotting a snake ought to be a shocking surprise for the poet over anyone for that matter and in a bit we will find out how he reacted to this so before that let me explain some words and their meanings okay so what do you think the word truth is what do you think it means it is a long narrow open container for animals to eat or drink out of we're familiar with the word pyjamas right it is a loose-fitting jacket and trousers for sleeping in let us see if the poet has used any figures of speech here okay in this line on a hot hot day the poet okay tell me what do you think it is mm-hmm he's repeated the word hot twice why to give emphasis and to add a poetic effect to the what is this known as what is this device known as repetition very good and we also know that repetition is a literary device that repeats the same word or phrase a few times to make an idea clearer hmm let's read the second part in the deep strange scented shade of the great dark carob tree I came down the steps with my pitcher and must wait must stand and wait for there he was at the trough before me in these lines the poet describes how the trough was kept in the shade of a large carob tree and that the entire place had a sort of strange smell but when the poet reached the trough with his pitcher which is a large jug he had to stand there and wait because that snake was there before him by the way we came across a very interesting named tree by the name of carob tree have you heard of that before I haven't I'll tell you what it is it is a small evergreen arabian tree which bears long brownish purple colored edible pods now I want you to read this line and must wait must stand and wait ah there's something click in your head that's right the words are repeated the words must the words wait are repeated in this line to give emphasis and a poetic effect so we know the poetic device come on give it to me repetition very good it is where the same words or phrases are repeated to make an idea clearer to tomates for more amazing video lectures download the free app on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

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