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Hunting Snake Poem Analysis

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Juliana Lindenhayn

on 18 May 2013

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Transcript of Hunting Snake Poem Analysis

Sun-warmed in this late season's grace
under the autumn's gentlest sky
we walked, and froze half-through a pace.
The great black snake went reeling by. HUNTING SNAKE
By Judith Wright Head down, tongue flickering on the trail
he quested through the parting grass;
sun glazed his curves of diamond scale,
and we lost breath to watch him pass. What track he followed, what small food
fled living from his fierce intent,
we scarcely thought; still as we stood
our eyes went with him as he went. Cold, dark and splendid he was gone
into the grass that hid his prey.
We took a deeper breath of day,
looked at each other, and went on. indicates value and the snake being precious The use of the word "froze" and its connations shows immediate contrast to the original "sun-warmed" atmosphere. "Quested" implies that the snake has set out to accomplish something The image of grass "parting" implies that the snake has innate command over nature. In spite of all its ferocity the snake is still beautiful "Great" indicates power, while "black" is usually linked to sinister and evil things The phrase depicts the awe that is felt towards the snake; losing breath/gasping is an inevitable result of wishing to observe the snake. the author and her companion are in awe at the amazing creature "Fierce" displays the snake as an aggressive and dangerous animal The snake symbolises coldness and darkness resembling that of night's, so when he is no longer present there is a sense of daylight and warmth, which is represented here as a "breath of day" After the poet "lost breath" as she observed the snake, she descibes herself as taking "a deeper breath," which concludes her encounter with the snake. She uses the concept of the snake taking her breath away to depict how the snake is capable of holding its observers captive. The title is ambiguous as to whether or not the verb "hunting" is transitive; is the snake being "hunted" by the poet, or is it describing the predatory nature of the snake? A great deal of contrast is shown in different phrases of visual and kinesthetic imagery.
This helps in asserting the snake's superiority and obtrusive nature in its habitat. Thank you for your
attention :)

By Rachel and Julie The original setting and imagery created in this poem depicts a warm autumn day, which implies tones of orange and red. This is greatly contrasted with the description of the snake, as shown in the following comparison of phrases. Setting Snake Temperature Personification Cold, dark grace, gentlest sky fierce intent Sun-warmed 5+7= (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr Prey Snake The great black snake went reeling by Fled living from his fierce intent (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr
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