Snake in beautiful poem in shape of story, written by D. H. Lawrence. D. H. Lawrence was born in 1885 and died in 1930. He is among the well known English novelists and also a poet of considerable merit. His novels are notes for their realistic and psycho-analytical treatment of the man-woman relationship. Some of the more candid novels were banned in England and USA. He was a prolific writer and not daunted by the adverse criticism, he received. In a way he can be said to be a fore-runner of the 20th century trends in novel writing. His best known works include “Women In Love” and “Sons and Lovers”.
The Snake is among the Lawrence’s well known and very famous poem. It has several layers of meaning and pin-points different reactions to the snake; fear, horror, fascination and finally remorse. The poet sees the Snake first as an intruder who keeps him waiting for water at his own trough. This gives way to a feeling of being honored. He thinks of the snake as a guest and a gust is traditionally, held in great esteem. On the other level, the poem presents a conflict between the rational and the intuitive, the voice of education dictates that the snake must be destroyed because of its harmful nature. Intuition delights in its physical attraction and royal bearing. The poet succumbs to the voice of his education and attacks the snake only to regret his mean and vulgar act. The reptile becomes a king, lord of the underworld, a god and he, the man a petty being attacking an unsuspecting guest only to prove his manhood and so he feels that he must expiate his pettiness. The use of the world “expiation” suggests that he looks upon an act as a violation of religious bond against the snake.