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summary of the poem snake

Asked by Gourav Chandra(student) , on 26/12/13

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he poem is more or less like an ode, celebrating the encounter of the poet with a snake that came as a trespass into his domain for water. The poem starts by revealing the event, the time and the atmosphere. The snake in satisfying its urge for water went to the poets “water – trough” on “hot day”. Also, the poet who is the owner of the water through came for the same purpose in his pyjamas to avoid the “heat”. The poet is said to be coming from his “strange – scented shade” with a “pitcher” in his hand. On getting to his water – through, meeting the snake, he sees it as an obligation to “stand and wait” for the snake because it was there before it. The snake whose origin was from a fissure in the earth –wall, slitherslowly with its “yellow – brown” “soft belly” to the “edge of the stone trough”. The stone rested its “throat upon the stone bottom” and started drinking softly its mouth into “his slack long body”. The poet referred to himself s a “second comer” waiting for the snake to finish drinking. The poet while watching observed its mode of drinking and described it as that of cattle. The poet said inline 15 – 19 that the snake “lifted is throat from his drinking, as cattle do, and
Looked at him vaguely, as drinking cattle do” All these the snake did without giving notice or concentration to whom might be watching. The poet recollected the “voice” of his education and said to him that he must kill the snake, “for in Sicily the black, black snakes are innocent, the gold a re ve nomo us ”. Th is implies that th e poet beli efs that bl ac k snakes ar e harmless while gold snakes are harmful, making an allusion to “Sicilian July “and “Etna smoking”, which are both historical events. The echo of his voices empted him to kill the snake if he were really a man, but which he latter refused, believing that the snake should “should seek hospitality” in him. For sparing the snake, the poet felt so honoured.The snake having considered been hospitalized, “drank enough and lifted its head” “and flickered his tongue”. After reaching the peak of its satisfaction, the snake turned around slowly with its long curved body towards the direction of it s orig in . The snake moved in slowly into th e hole wi th ou t any fe ar . Suddenly, the poet looked around and put down his pitcher, “picked up c lumsy log and threw it at the water-trough”. This was done to kill the snakebut it did not. The snake hearing the “clatter” hastily moved in its remaining body “into the black hole”. At t he di s ap peara nc e of the snake, t he po et re g re t te d h is ac t io n immediately and blamed himself for acting the way he did. He placed the blame on the voice of his education to have lured him into it and feared not to pay forhis negative action like the sailor that killed “the albatross”. The poet afterregretting wished the snake could come back for him to crown it like a king but believed it would never do so and sees it “like a king in exile”. The poet concluded by feeling that he has to make an amendment.
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Posted by Shilpa Das(student)


Here is the short summary of the poem :

-It was noon time of a hot day when the poet goes to his water trough to fill his water pitcher.

-As he goes there he sees that a golden-brown snake is drinking the water from his tap

-He feel a great pleasure to have the snake as his guest and consider himself as a host

- He decides to wait for his turn to come as the snake was the first comer

-He observes that the snake was long with slackness soft body.

- The snake drinks the water as the cattle do

- The poet knows that the golden snake was venomous and must be killed but his heart tells him not to do so

- His voice of education tells him to kill the snake but he doesn 't  do so

-Then the snake turns back to go to his dark burrow

- The poet doesn 't like it and suddenly he throws a log of wood at him

- He didn 't want the snake go back but irionically he forces him to do so

- after he do so he regrets a  lot.

- He feels the same as the ancient mariner who killed the innocent albatross

- He wishes that he might get a second chance to improve his mistake

- He repent alot for the underworld king- the snake.

That 's all

Hope it helps..

Posted by Deepa Paikar(student)

 nyc one.. thanks..!!

Posted by Md(student)

 nice work & ...... thank U.it had really helped to uderstand the summary of this poem,The snake.

Posted by just4venugopal....(student)

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Posted by Munir(parent)

 thanks a lot the summary has helped my daughter to learn

Posted by Munir(parent)


 thnx deepa paikar nice one....helped a alot very shot and good

thnx again.....

Posted by vinayak.hanamas...(student)


 n this poem he has narrated the story of his incidental meeting with a snake. He was fascinated by his dignified and quiet ways. He loved and respected him as a guest. It points out poet 's reaction of fear and fascinating to the snake. There is a conflict between his natural feelings and his rational thinking. The poem pints out how our feelings of affection are crushed by our social education. Our reasoning often misleads us. Man sometimes kills other animals just to prove his power and manhood. But he has no right to deprive others of their right to live. The poem arouses feelings of love and sympathy for all creatures in this world. Although the poet hits the snake under the influence of his education, yet he feels sorry for his mean act. So man 's natural instinct prevails in the end.

Basically the poet wants to highlight the difference between a natural man and a rational man. By nature a man is sympathetic, considerate and peace loving. His education turns him a brutal and kills a natural man in him. If his education is taken from him, he will be a kind and generous to everyone. His intellectual considerations and worldly desires turn him into beast. Moreover, his conflict is the result of same thinking. the poet wants to say this education also makes him egoistic and selfish which urges him to kill the snake to satisfy his social needs.
The poet explains to us the nature of the conflict which grips his mind at the sight of the snake. The poet has drawn the conflict between the use of rational powers and intuitive powers. The poet listens to his rational voice and attacks the snake only to regret his mean and vulgar act.
The poet equates his education with forces of ignorance, cruelty and barbarity. He thinks that our rationality and intellect produce in us fears, doubts and superstitions. It is our instinctive nature which prompts us to do the acts of goodness.

Posted by Vignesh(student)


 thnx....deepapaikar the summary was really nice

Posted by Kuldeep Kaur(student)

gr8 sooo nice explanation keep it up..................:)))

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