Although ‘Hunting Snake’ is clearly about a snake that the poem’s speaker once saw, and about the fear and awe that it created in her, it may also perhaps be read in a different way.
Some points for classroom discussion:
The poem is a very tightly controlled one, with traditional four-line stanzas, a simple rhythm and rhyme pattern; how, then, does Wright create her sense of shock, fear, admiration (look at lines 3, 8, 9-10 and 13, for example) and finally her relief when the snake passes by and the danger is over?
Which words and which images are the most striking? Why do they have this effect?
Do you think this video represents the poem? Why/Why not?
Deep analysis of the poem