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Visualising the Poem                        A snake came to                            my water-                          ...
Visualising words/phrasesA water-trough        rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
Visualising the Poem                               On a hot, hot                                   day,     rvikramadityas...
Visualising the Poem...and I inpyjamas for the heat,  To drink   there.         rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
Visualising the Poem                           In the deep,                               strange                         ...
Visualising words/phrases  The Carob tree is   best known for its edible seeds that are  used, among otherthings, as a cho...
Visualising the Poem                               I came down                              the steps with                ...
Visualising the Poem...for there he    was at the trough before       me.           rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
Visualising the Poem                                He reached                                down from a                 ...
Visualising words/phrasesFissure in the earth wall                   rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
Visualising the Poem And trailed his   yellow-brown slackness soft-  bellied down,over the edge ofthe stone trough  And re...
Visualising the Poem                              And where the water                              had dripped from the   ...
Visualising the PoemSomeone was before me at  my water-    trough, And I, like asecond comer,   waiting.          rvikrama...
Visualising the Poem                               He lifted his                              head from his               ...
Visualising the Poem And flickered his two-forkedtongue from his      lips, and     mused a     moment,  And stooped  and ...
Visualising the Poem                               Being earth-                               brown, earth-               ...
Visualising words/phrasesBowels— deep, interior,       core(refers to the intestines as well)             rvikramadityasin...
Visualising the PoemOn the day of Sicilian July,  with Etna  smoking.            rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
Visualising words/phrases   Sicily is aregion of Italy,   and is the largest island     in theMediterranean      Sea.     ...
Visualising the Poem                               The voice of                               my education                ...
Visualising the PoemFor in Sicily  the black,black snakesare innocent,the gold are venomous.          rvikramadityasingh@r...
Visualising the Poem                           And voices in me                            said, If you were              ...
Visualising the PoemBut must I confess how        I liked him,   How glad I was he had come like a guest in quiet, to drin...
Was it cowardice, that I                      dared not kill him?                     Was it perversity, that             ...
And yet those     voices:If you were not   afraid, youwould kill him!           rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
Visualising the Poem                           And truly I was afraid, I                             was most afraid, But ...
Visualising the Poem   He drank enough    And lifted his head,dreamily, as one who has         drunken, And flickered his ...
Visualising the Poem                          And slowly, very slowly,                            as if thrice adream,    ...
Visualising the PoemAnd climb again   the broken  bank of my   wall-face.            rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
Visualising the Poem                                    And as he put his                                      head into t...
Visualising the PoemA sort of horror, a sortof protest against his withdrawing into that   horrid black hole,   Deliberate...
Visualising the Poem                                I looked round, I put                                   down my pitche...
Visualising the PoemI think it did not hit him, But suddenly that part of  him that was left behind convulsed in undignifi...
Visualising the Poem                               And immediately I                                    regretted it.     ...
Visualising the PoemAnd I thought of the       albatross  And I wished he would come back,      my snake                 r...
Visualising the Poem                                 For he seemed to me                                    again like a k...
Visualising the PoemAnd so, I missed my chance with one of       the lords        Of life.And I have something      to exp...
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Snake--Class X

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Snake--Class X

  1. 1. SnakeByD.H.Lawrence rsengar.dav@gmail.com
  2. 2. Visualising the Poem A snake came to my water- trough rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  3. 3. Visualising words/phrasesA water-trough rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  4. 4. Visualising the Poem On a hot, hot day, rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  5. 5. Visualising the Poem...and I inpyjamas for the heat, To drink there. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  6. 6. Visualising the Poem In the deep, strange scented shade of the great dark carob-tree rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  7. 7. Visualising words/phrases The Carob tree is best known for its edible seeds that are used, among otherthings, as a chocolate substitute. It is a tree that grows well in dryclimates, which would explain its relative abundance in Southern Spain. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  8. 8. Visualising the Poem I came down the steps with my pitcher And must wait, must stand and wait, rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  9. 9. Visualising the Poem...for there he was at the trough before me. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  10. 10. Visualising the Poem He reached down from a fissure in the earth-wall in the gloom... rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  11. 11. Visualising words/phrasesFissure in the earth wall rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  12. 12. Visualising the Poem And trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft- bellied down,over the edge ofthe stone trough And rested his throat upon the stone bottom, rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  13. 13. Visualising the Poem And where the water had dripped from the tap, in a small clearness, He sipped with his straight mouth, Softly drank through his straight gums, into his slack long body, Silently. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  14. 14. Visualising the PoemSomeone was before me at my water- trough, And I, like asecond comer, waiting. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  15. 15. Visualising the Poem He lifted his head from his drinking, as cattle do, And looked at me vaguely, as drinking cattle do, rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  16. 16. Visualising the Poem And flickered his two-forkedtongue from his lips, and mused a moment, And stooped and drank a little more, rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  17. 17. Visualising the Poem Being earth- brown, earth- golden from the burning bowels of the earth... rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  18. 18. Visualising words/phrasesBowels— deep, interior, core(refers to the intestines as well) rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  19. 19. Visualising the PoemOn the day of Sicilian July, with Etna smoking. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  20. 20. Visualising words/phrases Sicily is aregion of Italy, and is the largest island in theMediterranean Sea. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  21. 21. Visualising the Poem The voice of my education said to me He must be killed, rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  22. 22. Visualising the PoemFor in Sicily the black,black snakesare innocent,the gold are venomous. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  23. 23. Visualising the Poem And voices in me said, If you were a man You would take a stick and break him now, and finish him off. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  24. 24. Visualising the PoemBut must I confess how I liked him, How glad I was he had come like a guest in quiet, to drink at my water-trough And depart peaceful, pacified, and thankless, Into the burning bowels of this earth? rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  25. 25. Was it cowardice, that I dared not kill him? Was it perversity, that I longed to talk to him? Was it humility, to feel so honoured? I felt so honoured.rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  26. 26. And yet those voices:If you were not afraid, youwould kill him! rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  27. 27. Visualising the Poem And truly I was afraid, I was most afraid, But even so, honoured still more That he should seek my hospitality From out the dark door of the secret earth. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  28. 28. Visualising the Poem He drank enough And lifted his head,dreamily, as one who has drunken, And flickered his tonguelike a forked night on the air, so black, Seeming to lick his lips,And looked around like a god, unseeing, into the air, And slowly turned his head, rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  29. 29. Visualising the Poem And slowly, very slowly, as if thrice adream, Proceeded to draw his slow length curving round rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  30. 30. Visualising the PoemAnd climb again the broken bank of my wall-face. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  31. 31. Visualising the Poem And as he put his head into that dreadful hole, And as he slowly drew up, snake- easing his shoulders, and entered farther, rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  32. 32. Visualising the PoemA sort of horror, a sortof protest against his withdrawing into that horrid black hole, Deliberately going into the blackness, and slowly drawing himself after, Overcame me nowhis back was turned. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  33. 33. Visualising the Poem I looked round, I put down my pitcher, I picked up a clumsy log And threw it at the water-trough with a clatter. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  34. 34. Visualising the PoemI think it did not hit him, But suddenly that part of him that was left behind convulsed in undignified haste.Writhed like lightning, and was gone Into the black hole, theearth-lipped fissure in the wall-front, At which, in the intense still noon, I stared with fascination. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  35. 35. Visualising the Poem And immediately I regretted it. I thought how paltry, how vulgar, what a mean act! I despised myself and the voices of my accursed human education. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  36. 36. Visualising the PoemAnd I thought of the albatross And I wished he would come back, my snake rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  37. 37. Visualising the Poem For he seemed to me again like a king, Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld, Now due to be crowned again. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com
  38. 38. Visualising the PoemAnd so, I missed my chance with one of the lords Of life.And I have something to expiate: A pettiness. rvikramadityasingh@rediffmail.com

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