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Compare in detail two of the poems from the section on animals in the OCR anthology And indicate what interests you about them.

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Compare in detail two of the poems from the section on animals in the OCR anthology And indicate what interests you about them. The two poems I shall be comparing are "Snake" by D H Lawrence and "Jaguar" by Ted Hughes. "Snake" is about a man encountering a snake in his water trough. His feelings and possible reactions are conflicting throughout the poem. "Jaguar" is about a jaguar and how the poets moves past all the various animals at the zoo and reaches the jaguar and focuses on its beauty. I shall cover D H Lawrence's poem first. This poem is written in free verse, there is no obvious word rhyming with in the poem. This poem may not have a regular form, but the lines were designed to fall that way. The poem is set in Sicily on a hot day. He almost immediately sees the snake at his water trough and almost instantly has some deal of respect towards him. The second stanza of the poem really sets the image "In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-tree" makes the shade seem almost cooling from the blistering heat of the day. ...read more.

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Suddenly the snake twitches. There is alliteration of the 'F's' "flickered", "forked" and "from lips." The mans authoritarian thoughts then try and persuade him to kill the snake. His conscience then seems to conflict as he rejoices in the snake's beauty again. His 'evil' voices accuse him of being a coward and backing away from the actions that he should take. The man is deeply honoured that the snake choice his water trough and sees this a privilege. The poets conflicting feelings are getting to him now, and can't accept this, and after throwing a log at the snake, his feelings are STILL mixed. He soon regrets his throwing of the log, but is equally proud that his education ruled over the snake. The setting of this part of the poem "I looked around...a clutter" is very jagged and awkward and disrupts the flow of the poem. If the snake did however return to the trough ten the man would feel deeply forgiven, and there's suggestion of a relationship between him and the snake as he refers to it as "my snake". ...read more.

Conclusion

"As still as the sun" here, a simile is used. In D H Lawrence's poem, he too drags out , and cuts line to get the point across about the snake and its movement. The missing out of "like A fossil" makes this part a metaphor and gives the image of the boa constrictor being exceptionally still, as a fossil is made of stone. "Stinks of sleepers from the breathing straw" sets off the intensity of the stench of the dosing creatures. The image of the animals being so calm that they could be painted onto a nursery wall was calming and D H Lawrence put across the snake as calming: "guest in quiet" and also "peaceful, pacified". There is a gust of sudden movement in the poem as the view is then moved onto the jaguar. Sudden movement again is a similarity between the two, when the man looks round for the log and then throws it at the snake at the trough. "The crowd, stands, stares, mesmerised" this crowd are in awe of a creature as the man was to the snake. The onlookers are like " a child at a dream", they are amazed at what they see. ...read more.

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