Given below is the summary of the poem Snake in short paragraphs.
However they are jumbled. Work in pairs and put the summary into
a logical sequence.
(a) After drinking water to satisfaction, the snake raised
his head dreamily and flickered his forked tongue and licked his
lips. The snake looked around like a God and then slowly
proceeded to curve round and move away from the water trough.
(b) The poet felt much like the ancient mariner who had
killed the albatross for no reason. He wishes that the snake
would come back. He thinks of the snake as a king in exile who
has to be crowned again. He also regrets having missed his
opportunity of knowing and understanding one of the lords of
(c) As the snake put his head into the hole to retreat
into the earth, the poet was filled with a protest against the
idea of the snake withdrawing into his hole. The poet put down
his pitcher, picked up a log and hurled it at the snake. The
snake twisted violently and with great alacrity vanished into the
hole in the wall.
(d) A snake visited the poet's water trough on a hot
afternoon to quench his thirst. The poet who had also gone to the
trough to fill water in a pitcher waited for the snake since he
had come at the trough prior to the poet.
(e) The voices of education inside the poet tell him that
it was the fear for the snake that made him refrain from killing
him. However, the poet feels that though he was quite afraid of
the snake, he did actually feel honored that a snake had come to
seek his hospitality from the deep recesses of the earth.
(f) He is guilt-ridden and feels that he has to atone for
the meanness of his action of throwing a log at the snake.
(g) The snake rested his throat upon the stone bottom and
sipped the water into his slack long body. After drinking water,
he raised his head just like cattle do and flashed his forked
tongue, thought for a moment and then bent down to drink some
(h) Education and social conventions make the poet think
that the golden brown poisonous snake must be killed and that as
a brave man he must undertake the task of killing the snake.
(i) The poet instantly felt sorry for his unrefined and
contemptible act and cursed the voices of education and
civilization that had shaped his thought processes and urged him
to kill the snake.
(j) However, the poet instinctively likes the snake,
treats him like a guest and feels honoured that it had come to
drink at his water trough. The poet questions himself and wonders
whether his not daring to kill the snake proved that he was a
coward and whether his desire to talk to the snake reflected his
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