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THE SNAKE TRYING
By– W.W.E. Ross
A transferred epithet is an adjective that grammatically qualifies a noun other than the person or thing it is actually describing.
- to escape the pursuing stick
Here, the adjective ‘pursuing’ is used with ‘stick’. But it is not intended to show that the stick is pursuing. Actually, it is to suggest that some person with a stick in his hands is chasing the snake. Hence, the epithet (adjective) is transferred from the person to the stick.
As the poem is written in free verse with lines unequal in length and no metre, there is no rhyme scheme in the poem.
The poet uses a certain description that is appealing to the senses.
- He describes the beauty of the snake as small and green and the reeds as green shin reeds.
We find that the poet refers to the snake as he would refer to a human being.
- He glides through the water.
- O let him go.