Friday, January 26, 2007

The Snare by James Stephens

"The Snare is a poem which evokes positive attitudes within the reader."
(1) Which kind of attitudes are evoked?
(2) Show them with examples.

The poem "The Snare" by James Stephens deals with the theme "don't harm anyone".

"I hear a sudden cry of pain!
There is a rabbit in a snare:"

At the very beginning the poet gives the reader the situation. There is a rabbit in a snare and it cries, with pain. But next the poet says though it cries aloud he can't find the place. Here the reader feels sorry and sympathy towards the rabbit as it is now in a miserable plight. Besides this an admiring attitude is grown in the reader towards the poet. Because he is trying his utmost to rescue the rabbit from its dangerous situation.

"As he cries again for aid!"
"Wrinkling up his little face!"

Here the poet has succeeded in creating a visual imagery in the reader. Through this he tries to make the situation worse in order to let the reader feel more an dmore sympathetic feelings towards this innocent creature.

Here the rabbit, though was caught in a snare and was tired of calling out for aid, has not given up his effort. It hopes that someone may be there to rescue it from te situation and it is so much frightened as it knows what will happen to it unless is rescued. The poet here makes the reader to think about the rabbit's courage though it has almost failed.

"And I cannot find the place"
"Little One Oh!, Little One!
I am searching everywhere!"

Here the writer has almost failed in searching for the rabbit to rescue it. He accepts that it is so. But yet, he has a great deal of sympathy towards the rabbit and he has given up searching. Here, his kindness towards every one and his liking to help others are revealed. This idea is given by the poet to the readers.

However, throughout the poem, the miserable plight of a rabbit caught in a snare is given. It is a man who has placed a trap to catch this innocent creature and it is a man who is wiling to rescue it. Here the poet says the readers that every one, no matter whether it is a human being or a wild beast, has equal rights to live in this world and not to be harmed. In order to make such a society, the poet evokes some positive attitudes within the reader throughout his poem.