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Plath's use of diction to emphasize the movement of the snake produces a mood of anxiety by suggesting that something evil

is stirring. Alliteration is used to make the sentences flow in the motion of a serpent. Plath uses symbolism to describe the relationship between man and snake. She attempts to illustrate the dark side of humanity, emphasizing the fact that sin is a powerful part of human nature. In her poem, the snakes symbolize this habitual evil.

Plomer uses imagery to describe the snakes in his poem. This imagery shows a process of change in the snakes as they encounter humans. In the beginning of the poem 'lethargy' lies 'here and there in coils'. This portrays the snakes as languid, peaceful creatures. They are sleeping in the 'white-hot midday' sun.


Plomer uses a more direct method of expressing his opinions. It is apparent that snakes are regarded as a dangerous threat to man. The use of characterization allows us to further understand the dynamics of this relationship. The 'giant Python' is very powerful and frightening to the vulnerable 'young girl' and 'blind person'.

As a conclusion, it is through the use of diction, imagery, characterization and symbolism that we understand the snake and its relationship with man. These are examples of how Plath's Snakecharmer and Plomer's In the Snake Park illustrate the world of the snake using various approaches. These poets make use of the many possible ways by which they can convey the messages in their poetry. There are numerous techniques that can be applied to produce the result that the poet wishes to achieve