In D.H. Lawrence’s poem entitled “Snake,” he examines the differences between feelings and education. He expresses this theme in three ways. The speaker knows that he should kill the snake, he questions his own manliness, and tries to hit it with a log.
The speaker in this poem learns that if you listen to your feelings then you will be a lot better off in life. D.H. Lawrence does an excellent job of displaying this theme through this poem and this is one of the reasons that he is one of the most prolific English writers of the twentieth century. The first time he expresses this theme is when the speaker knows that he should kill the snake. This is stated in the poem when it says, “The voice of my education said to me He must be killed.” This line from the poem says that the speaker knows that he should kill the snake because his education told him that he should, but his feelings for the snake told him that if he killed the snake that would be wrong.
The second time that he expresses this theme is when the speaker questions his own manliness. This is stated in the poem when it says, “Was it cowardice, that I dared not kill it?” This line from the poem says that the speaker is worried that he will not be called a man because he did not kill the snake. The speaker does not want to feel less than a man because he did not kill the snake, like all men are supposed to do.
The third time he expresses this theme is when the speaker tries to hit the snake with a log. This is stated in the poem when it says, “I picked up a clumsy log and threw it at the water-trough with a clatter. This line from the poem says that the speaker listened to his feelings that he should kill the snake instead of listening to his education, so he tries to kill it. Then the snake leaves and the speaker knows that he will never see the snake again. If the man listened to his education instead of his feelings he would not have missed out on a chance to meet one of the lords.
This poem shows that even though you may learn some things in life, not to let them run your life. The speaker in this poem learned in life that if you don’t like something and something is bothering you, you should kill it. As the speaker in this poem learned, he missed a chance to talk to one of the lords, but he tried to hard to listen to his education about what men should do and not enough to his feelings about the snake. If everyone in this day would listen to their feelings for other people and not to their education, then there would not be dead people on the streets every single day.