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Hunting Snake is a poem written by an author called Judith Wright.

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DIVS Summer Work: Hunting Snake Hunting Snake is a poem written by an author called Judith Wright. Judith was an author known for roaming around in the countryside and one time she encountered a snake. During the poem she carefully describes the snake as if she was examining its movements and appearances closely. The main theme of the poem is about nature whilst the subject of the poem is about ?the great black snake.? The poem is a traditional four line stanza with a simple rhyme. Wright manages to create a sense of shock and fear but also relief when the snake passes by changing the rhythm of the poem. The author is portrayed as a nature lover in the first two lines as she is described as walking under the ?gentlest sky? with others. ...read more.

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The narrator could possibly be impressed by the snake. The author uses the word ?great? to imply that the snake has a certain power. She almost seems to be hypnotized by the ?reeling? movements of the snake that she has forgotten about the fact that it could be poisonous. The moment she saw the snake she ?froze half through a pace? indicating the shock she was in. The use of the caesura after the word ?walked? makes us imagine how stunned they were and adds to the rhythm change from slow to fast. The word ?froze? indicates not only were they surprised, but they didn?t move a single millimetre. The second stanza mainly describes the looks of the snake. ...read more.

Conclusion

They even ?lost? their breath watching the ?him pass.? showing the physical reaction as if a halo of light was above the snake. The author notices signs of aggression and killer instincts in the snake and has a change of mindset of whether to run or stand still. He seems to be following a ?track? which may lead him to his prey. Their ?eyes went with him? suggesting the snake is the centre of attention and everything is magnetised towards him. They are all memorised by the snake?s movements. The last stanza of the poem describes when the ?cold, dark and splendid? snake leaves. Wright uses juxtaposition here to show how the creature left ruthlessly without any mercy. They end taking a ?deeper breath? hinting they are more relieved now that the snake has gone. ...read more.

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