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Snakes and Pigeons Poetry comparision

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Nikita Patel 9th February 2011 "Compare and contrast DH Lawrence and Richard Kell's treatment of their subject in their poems Snake and Pigeons. Take into account all aspects of presentation." Snake and Pigeons are both poems with the same theme as animals but both poets portray their subject in a different way. Kell seems very fond of pigeons but Lawrence is not to sure weather he likes or dislikes the snake. In the poem 'Snake' the format of the poem is laid out in a very unique way. The stanzas do not have the same number lines. Its is almost long and flowing like a snake which gives you the effect of that you can imagine the snake being really long and flowing around the stanza. Also the poem is a narrative poem, it is telling story, so you are intrigued and it makes you read along. In the first stanza there is enjambment "A snake came to my water trough On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat, To drink there.", the enjambment creates the effect that a snake gives, it flows from the first two lines. Also the snake is like an intruder to his water trough. So at the moment Lawrence doesn't like the snake. ...read more.

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Word like "break" and "finish", stir things up as these words seem harsh unlike the words he used to describe the snake before. Also this may be the culture of Lawrence as he has been told that snakes like this one are evil. At the end of the poem Lawrence performs an evil act "...I picked up a clumsy log And threw it at the water trough with a clatter", immediately after the act, he feels regret. He may have performed this act as he ignored the voices before that told him to kill the snake. This also is a messy stanza it does not flow like the rest of the poem. The word "clatter" is onomatopoeic you can hear and imagine it without it actually happening. You can feel Lawrence's regret as he feels "And I have something to expiate", the sadness of his act want him to make up for his sins, and in this we feel his pain. In the poem "Pigeons" the layout is shorter than the poem "Snake" so this may imply that pigeons are short unlike snakes which are long. Kell uses more descriptive language than Lawrence and this create more imagrey of his subject. Kell describes pigeons as if they were intruders "Small like blue busybodies", this brings us back to the beginning of the poem where Kell says "They paddle with staccato ...read more.

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PLAN TITLE- "Compare and contrast DH Lawrence and Richard Kell's treatment of their subject in their poems Snake and Pigeons. Take into account all aspects of presentation." Quotations for Snake by D H lawrence * "A snake came to my water trough On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat, To drink there." * "...On a hot, hot day ..." * "... slackness soft-bellied..." * "Someone was before me at my water-trough, And I like a second comer, waiting" * "...That he should seek my hospitality." * , "and I in pyjamas for the heat." * "...fissure in the earth-wall in the gloom And trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down, over the edge of the stone trough And rested his throat upon the stone bottom" * "And voices in me said, If you were a man You would take a stick and break him now and finish him off." * "...I picked up a clumsy log And threw it at the water trough with a clatter" * "And I have something to expiate" Quotation for "Pigeons" by Richard Kell * "Small like blue busybodies" * "They paddle with staccato feet" * "Strutting around like fat gentlemen" * "...as they stump about,...", * "Elusive ghosts of sunshine Slither down the green gloss..." * "Summer hang drugged from the sky to earth" * "Only warm dark dimples of sound Slide like slow bubbles ..." ...read more.

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