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An Essay Comparing ‘Medallion’ and ‘Snake’
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An Essay Comparing 'Medallion' and 'Snake'
This essay will compare two poems, 'Medallion' by Sylvia Plath, an American poet, and 'Snake', by D H Lawrence.
The title of the poem 'Medallion' automatically conjures up the image of a gold medal with a picture on it, usually awarded to commemorate an achievement. The first stanza, comprising of three lines, sets the scene for the rest of the poem. There is a gate with a moon and a star carved into the orange wood. Next to the gate, a bronze snake lies in the sun, dead, 'inert as a shoelace' the second stanza continues. The actual setting could show the snake is stuck between life and death, one half of the snake in the sunlight, or life, and the other in the shadow of the gateway, or the shadow of death. The orange of the wood could represent the sunset of the snake's life.
The snake is
But pliable still,'
Showing it is only recently dead; rigor mortis has not set in yet. The semi-colon after the word 'shoelace' emphasises the death. The snake is happy in death, it
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