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Extracts of The Snake Trying by W.W.E. Ross | Poem | Class 9 | English |

Stanza 1

The snake trying
to escape the pursuing stick,
with sudden curvings of thin
long body. How beautiful
and graceful are his shapes!

Q1. Name the poem.

Answer: The Snake Trying

Q2. Who is the poet of The Snake Trying?

Answer: Poet of The Snake Trying is W.W.E. Ross.

Q3. What does the word ‘Pursue’ mean?

Answer: The word ‘Pursue’ means ‘To Follow’.

Q4. Find out the synonym of the word ‘Twisting’ from the stanza.

Answer: The synonym of Twisting is ‘Curving’.

Q5. What is the snake trying to escape from?

Answer: The snake is trying to escape from being hit with the stick.

Q6. What is the tone of the poet in this stanza?

Answer: Admiring

Q7. What is the poet admiring in this stanza?

Answer: The poet is admiring the snake, its shape and body.

Stanza 2

He glides through the water away
from the stroke. O let him go
over the water
into the reeds to hide
without hurt. Small and green
he is harmless even to children.

Q1. Who is ‘He’ in the first line.

Answer: He refers to snake in the first line.

Q2. What does the poet plead for?

Answer: Poet pleads to let the snake go safely and hide himself without being hurt.

Q3. What does the word ‘Glide’ mean?

Answer: The word ‘Glide’ means ‘To Move’.

Q4. Who is harmless according to the poet in this stanza.

Answer: According to the poet, the snake is harmless to everyone especially the children.

Q5. What does the word ‘Reeds’ mean?

Answer: Weeds refer to watery or marsh plants with thick stems.

Stanza 3

Along the sand
he lay until observed
and chased away, and now
he vanishes in the ripples
among the green slim reeds.

Q1. Who chases away the snake according to the poet?

Answer: The snake is chased away by a person holding a stick.

Q2. Where does the snake lay?

Answer: The snake lay in the sand for not being hit.

Q3. What does the word ‘Vanish’ mean?

Answer: The word ‘Vanish’ means ‘To Disappear’.

Q4. What are ripples?

Answer: Ripples refer to small waves on the surface of a liquid.

Q5. What does the word ‘Reeds’ mean?

Answer: Weeds mean watery or marsh plants with thick stems.

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