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Compare the ways that D.H.Lawrence and Emily Dickinson describe their encounters with snakes in their poems of the same name It is a common belief that snakes are venomous and deceitful creatures, but in my opinion, snakes are pleasant animals. I will now examine two poems about snakes to see whether the poets agree with my views. In Emily Dickinson's poem, she expresses her feelings towards a snake and briefly describes an encounter with one. In D.H.Lawrence's poem, he has a dilemma involving a snake: should he scare away the poisonous animal, or watch it in amazement. Emily Dickinson wrote many poems, usually on the subject of nature. She wrote her poem Snake in 1865, whilst living in her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts. She was a very creative and productive writer who grew up in a poetic family. ...read more.


Unlike D.H.Lawrence, she doesn't give it a large status, but in saying that she later on refers to the snake as a friend. Both poets use similes effectively to illustrate what their feelings towards the snake are. Emily Dickinson uses similes to describe the movement of the grass as the snake passes through it 'divides as with a comb'. D.H.Lawrence uses many similes to describe a great quantity of things. For example 'And lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunken' saying that the snake was in a seemingly drunken state. Each poem uses enjambment, which makes the poem flow and makes you want to carry on reading. D.H.Lawrence also uses enjambment to create a snake like shape in the layout of the poem to give the feeling and image of a snake. Also, Emily Dickinson uses enjambment at the end of the third paragraph to keep the rhythm going but continue the sentence. ...read more.


However, both poets show a lot of feeling and use many techniques to make their poems seem more interesting. Emily Dickinson doesn't just explain that she's afraid of the snake, but she also talks about nature and how she is one with it. D.H.Lawrence mentions his masculinity a lot, which makes me think that, he feels that the snake has some power over him because of the fact that the snake is venomous, and therefore does nothing until he gets the courage to do so. The poem I found most effective was D.H.Lawrence's poem because I found it to be more intriguing. Also, I found the poem to have a sense of doubt about it for example; when D.H.Lawrence starts to question his masculinity. I prefer this poem, because he was in touch with his feelings towards the snake then to how Emily Dickinson was, which made me want to understand the poem to more dept. By Lauren Herelle 10OR ...read more.

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