The summary and theme of the poem " SNAKE" by D.H. Lawrence

In this article, I have given a summary, theme, critical appreciation and, reference to the context of the poem "Snake" written by D. H. Lawerence. I have written this article for the students of college and university. This summary is included in the syllabus of the Punjab University.

summary of the poem " Snake"

 The poem " Snake " 

D. H. Lawrance (1885-1930)

Introduction of the poet

D. H. Lawrence is a famous poet, critic, and novelist. 

Introduction of the poem

The poem "Snake" is written by a famous English poet D. H. Lawrence. In this poem, the poet describes his meeting with a snake who came to his home in order to drink water. It was a hot day when a snake came to his home for drinking water. When the poet came to drink water, a snake already was drinking water there. The poet considered it a guest who came under the ground. He was seeing the snake drinking water slowly. 

The poet like it and believed that it is a guest who gave him honor by coming to his home. But his sense said him that he should kill the snake immediately with a stick. The poet already was afraid and he did not want to kill the snake. But his sense said to him that like a brave man he should kill the snake.  He does not blame himself as a cowardly man so he took a stick and hit the snake with full strength.

Summary of the poem

" Snake" by D. H. Lawrence is a beautiful poem. the poet, in this poem, suggests that man must love all the creatures of the world. He must not take initiative to hurt any other creature however dangerous it may seem. Man must treat birds, animals, and reptiles affectionately. He has no right to assert his superiority by causing harm to other creatures. The poem is also a comment on the worldly education that fills man with fears and a sense of uncertainty.

The poet describes how on a sunny day of July, he comes downstairs to fetch some water from the trough when he sees a snake drinking water at the trough. it has come out of the hole in the mud wall. The poet stands still and looks at the reptile. 

The snake also looks at the poet. At first, the poet thinks of killing the snake. His worldly education instructs him to do so as the snake is considered a dangerous reptile. However, he hears a call from his within,. It feels him that the snake is his guest and the guests should be treated honorably.

Critical Appreciation 

"Snake" is a great poem. The poem is simple but it has deep meanings. The poet says that instinct is better than reasoning. The poet saw a snake that was drinking water at his water trough. He liked the snake. His inner voice said him snakes are dangerous so he must kill him. He picked a stick and threw him on the snake but his target was missed and he was very ashamed of his action.

They belives that the snake is a king of the underground world and must be treated accordingly. This is a very long poem of 74 lines. It has been written in the type of " Free verse" There is no rhyme scheme in the poem. Some lines are very long and some are very short. The poem is remarkable for the descriptive power of the poet otherwise language is very simple.

The theme of the poem

The theme of the poem is that our feeling of love sympathy was crushed by our social education. Man kills other animals just to prove his bravery and manly hood. This is not humanity. He should not kill other animals for his fun because every creature has the right to live in this world like a human being. We should not interfere with other's lives. They have their own likes and dislikes. Every creature of God whats freedom and we should not interfere with their lives.

Reference to context


These lines have been borrowed from the poem "Snake" written by D. H. Lawernce.


The poem presents a conflict between the rational and intuitive. education dictates that snakes must e destroyed because of their harmful nature. Intuition delights in its physical attraction and royal bearing. The poet accepts the voice of his education and attacks the snake only to regret his mean and vulgar attack.

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