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Hunting snake is the poem written by Judith Wright, an Australian environmentalist, who shares her amazing encounter with a great black snake.

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Introduction

Hunting snake is the poem written by Judith Wright, an Australian environmentalist, who shares her amazing encounter with a great black snake. The main theme of the poem is nature. Here, the description that the poet gives about "the great black snake" is pretty much similar to the red bellied black snake which was found in the writer's hometown in New South Wales. In this poem, the persona or the voice is that of the poet herself. The poem is written in a quatrain, i.e four stanzas altogether and each stanza with four lines each. There is also a definite rhyme scheme of the poem :ABAB but the poet has changed the rhyme scheme in the last stanza making it ABBA to make the stanza different from the rest of the poem. The meter of the poem is iambic tetrameter but there is a slight variance in this meter throughout the poem to create special effects. Also, the accurate use of caesura has made it easy for us to visualize the image. The poet is an environmentalist and a nature lover, and the first two lines, among the others, helps to prove it. ...read more.

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helps us imagine a snake who is desperately looking for his prey. He is so determined about getting his prey that he doesn't even look anywhere else but in the ground to find his food. It also seems like the snake is concentrating too hard to look for his prey that he isn't been bothered by anything around him. The use of the word "quested" in the second line of the second stanza of the poem wants again hints the readers that the snake was on a big mission to find his food. The poet could have used the word "search" instead, but the use of the word quest creates a stronger impact among the readers that the snake was really desperate and determined for food. The line "sun glazed...diamond scale" implies that the writer found the snake to be a really beautiful creature. The use of the word "glaze" implies that the snake was shiny and had a lustrous surface which the poet found attractive. The use of the word "diamond" to describe the snakes' scales suggests that the poet respected the snake a lot and makes the reader feel like the snake was as precious as diamonds itself. ...read more.

Conclusion

The first line of this poem , "cold, dark... was gone" has a spondaic meter in the first two words of the line with a caesura in between them. The word "cold" ends with a 'd' and the word dark begins with a 'd' too. This helps the audience imagine the snake to be a scary creature as the word 'd' is often used to describe something that is dangerous. Also the use of the word "cold" hints that the snake was a cold blooded animal and a creature with no mercy whatsoever for others. The word "splendid" to describe the departure of the snake has helped to create a picture among the readers that the snake exited brilliantly. It also once again reminds the readers that the poet is awestruck by the snake's going away as much as when she saw if for the first time. The last line of the poem "...., and went on" suggests that just like the snake was gone, the poet and her company went on too. This might also imply that although strange things do happen in life from time to time, life does go on. ...read more.

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A thorough analysis of the poem with plenty of technical terms. A little over-reliance on technical terms in places. The analysis follows the chronological order of the poem and could be improved by focusing on the aspects of language or structure with supporting evidence taken from different parts of the poem. In addition, more attention to correct verb tenses and avoiding repetition of points would improve this essay.

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