NCERT CBSE Class 9 English Beehive The Snake Trying Poem Summary and Notes

Chapter 9 of the CBSE Class 9 English Beehive book has the poem “The Snake Trying.” W.W.E. Ross wrote it. Students may get a complete explanation and overview of the poem by clicking here. It will aid students in both test preparation and revision. These CBSE Class 9 English notes were developed by subject specialists to assist students in quickly grasping the poem’s concept and meaning. The summary will offer context for the poem, while the explanation will focus on the fundamental theme and its significance.

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CBSE Class 9 English notes will assist students in studying the topic thoroughly and clearly.

These CBSE Class 9 English notes were written by subject experts who made the study material very basic, both in terms of language and format.


Stanza 1


The snake trying

to escape the pursuing stick,

with sudden curvings of thin

long body.

How beautiful and

graceful are his shapes!



In this stanza, the poet describes how a snake is attempting to avoid an approaching stick by making elegant and non-linear movements with its body as it approaches.

The poet had fallen in love with the snake’s beauty and charm, and he had also appreciated the snake’s graceful movements.

Snake’s shape and graceful slithering (gliding) are both awe-inspiring to the poet, who expresses his admiration for both.

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



In this stanza, the poet describes how the frightened snake is making its way into the water in order to avoid any potential harm and to make it unharmed into the reeds as it passes through.

he poet asks that no harm be done to that beautiful snake, which is completely harmless even to children, and that it be allowed to return to its hiding place.

Stanza 3


Along the sand

he lay until observed

and chased away, and now

he vanishes in the ripples

among the green slim reeds.  


In this stanza, the poet claims that the green snake was lying along the sand until it was noticed by someone, who then began chasing after it.

The snake, on the other hand, moved quickly and hid itself among the reeds. That’s how it managed to get away from its pursuers.

Reeds have a green colour to them as well.

Central Idea Of The Poem


In the reptile world, snakes are considered to be dangerous and poisonous.

Snakes are a sight that only a small number of people find appealing.

The snake is extremely frightening and sends shivers down your spine.

The idea projected through this poem, on the other hand, is diametrically opposed to the way most people think about snakes.

(See also: In this poem, the poet attempts to demonstrate that the snake is a victim in and of itself.

It poses no threat to anyone’s safety.

Its intention to attack is solely for the purpose of self-defence.

The poet here is attempting to persuade the pursuer to allow it to escape because it was completely harmless to everyone, including the children.

The poet has been seduced by the beauty and allure of the snake, and he has come to appreciate the snake’s movements.



1. What is the snake trying to escape from?

Answer: The snake is attempting to flee from an individual who is pursuing it with a stick. The snake is in danger and is attempting to flee.

2. Is it a harmful snake? What is its colour?

Answer: No, the snake is not harmful. It is green in colour.

3. The poet finds the snake beautiful. Find the words he uses to convey its beauty.

Answer: The words ‘beautiful and graceful, glides, ‘thin long body’, small and green’ convey the snake’s beauty.

4. What does the poet wish for the snake? 

Answer: The poet wishes for the snake to be left alone because it is completely harmless to humans, including children. It is harmless unless provoked, and thus no one should attempt to kill it.

5. Where was the snake before anyone saw it and chased it away? Where does the snake disappear?

Answer: The snake was lying in the sand when it was discovered and chased away. The snake attempted to flee and disappeared in the ripples between the green slim reeds.

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