To The Snake Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: ABCDEFG HHCIJKLMC

Green Snake when I hung you round my neckA
and stroked your cold pulsing throatB
as you hissed to me glintingC
arrowy gold scales and I feltD
the weight of you on my shouldersE
and the whispering silver of your drynessF
sounded close at my earsG
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Green Snake I swore to my companions that certainlyH
you were harmless But trulyH
I had no certainty and no hope only desiringC
to hold you for that joyI
which leftJ
a long wake of pleasure as the leaves movedK
and you faded into the patternL
of grass and shadows and I returnedM
smiling and haunted to a dark morningC

Denise Levertov



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