The Snake Trying is a poem in the class 9 English textbook Beehive. The poem is written by W.W.E.Ross. In this poem, the poet is telling us about a snake. A snake that is feared by humans and categorised as a symbol of death is actually a victim in the poem. The snake is trying to save himself from a man who is trying to kill him. Through this poem, the poet wants to send a message to the world that every creature is beautiful. We destroy or kill them based on our assumptions. The snake, whom we fear, is actually feared of us. Let us dive into the poem and read the summary.
Summary of the Poem- The Snake Trying
The poem is all about the situation of a snake. In this poem, the difficulty of a snake is described in a very beautiful manner. One fine day, a snake was resting near a water body. A man was also there at that time. Seeing the snake, he immediately got afraid. He ran with a stick towards the snake to kill him, assuming that the snake would harm him. The snake, on the other hand, was afraid and tried to save himself.
To save himself, the snake made curves in his body and glided through the water. The poet here tried to show the beauty of nature's creation. The snake looks very beautiful and fascinating to the poet when it moves its long and thin body through the water.
The snake tries to save himself. He tries to hide its green body behind the bushes. Anyone, be it humans or animals will try to save them from possible harm. The snake also tried to do the same. The poet here is sympathetic towards the snake. He tries to stop the man from harming the snake and requests the man to let the snake escape. The poet is a soft-hearted man who is affectionate towards the animals. He here tries to give a message that we, human beings, should be affectionate towards the animals. Not every animal is harmful.
The man, in turn, does not pay any attention to the poet’s plea and continues to chase the snake. The man here symbolizes an evil person. How much you try to stop the evil person, he is not going to stop. They keep on doing their evil act. But somehow, the snake was able to escape the danger and disappeared. The chase ended with this and the snake was able to save himself.
Through the poem, The Snake Trying, the poet W.W.E.Ross wants to deliver a message that we should be empathetic towards the animals. We should not run behind innocent animals to kill them just because they are in front of our eyes. They may be venomous as the snake, but they don't harm us all the time. Rather, we, humans, try to kill these innocent animals just because we assume that they will harm us. We should respect each and every creature of the world and praise their beauty rather than trying to harm or kill them.