Poetry Comparison - MACBETH vs. "SNAKE" by D.H. Lawrence

  • Shakespeare has inspired countless works of art, literature, and stage and film performances from the 16th Century to the present. One author who was inspired by Shakespeare (or, more specifically, by his play, Macbeth) was D.H. Lawrence, a successful avant-garde writer in the early 20th Century. In his poem, "Snake" [1923], Lawrence uses loads of indirect Macbeth allusions to explain his personal experience of attempting to kill a venemous snake in Sicily, Italy. We will explore these allusions and draw meaningful connections between the two works of literature.

    The Game Plan:

    1. Access the poem (below).

    2. We will read the poem together. Look out for comparisons that you can make. Some may be so obvious that they might jump right off the page and . . . BITE YOU!

    • We will discuss some of your initial opinions and findings as a class.

    3. Individually: read poem again and begin annotating for connections & comparisons to Macbeth using the Comment Tool in Word.

    • After a few minutes, you may turn and talk to a partner about your findings.

    4. After discussing your findings, access the table (below) and work your way through it WITH YOUR PARTNER.

    • Find a quote from the poem and a corresponding quote from Macbeth, then record the quotes and the connections you found between them.

     

    ASSESSMENT:

    Write a reflection (AT LEAST 1 full page), analyzing the quotes, connections, and comparisons you made. I am looking for FULL analysis and perfectly embedded and cited quotes!!

    Answer the following questions in your reflection:

    1. Why do you think Lawrence made these allusions to Macbeth to explain this specific experience?

    2. How are his allusions, language, and imagery successful in portraying his experience?

    WHEN FINISHED: PRINT YOUR ANNOTATIONS, TABLE, AND REFLECTION, STAPLE THEM TOGETHER, AND HAND THEM IN TO ME

     

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