NCERT Solutions for Poem The Snake Trying Class 9 English Beehive

The poet of this poem is W.W.W. Ross. In this poem, he tells about a snake and its struggle. The snake tries to survive after being hit by a stick. The stick is held by someone who intends to kill the snake. The snake is trying to escape from this situation. The poet wants to convey that not all snakes are harmful. We humans believe that all snakes are dangerous but actually humans are prone to killing snakes immediately after spotting them. According to the author, such thinking is harmful to snakes and not good. Snakes may be poisonous, but that doesn't mean they will necessarily harm us. In the story, the author describes the condition of a harmless green-coloured snake hidden behind some green bushes to protect itself.  
NCERT Solutions for Class 9th English Poem The Snake Trying

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Thinking about the poem

I. Answer these questions:

Question 1: What is the snake trying to escape from?


The snake is trying to escape from being hit with the pursuing stick.

Question 2: Is it a harmful snake? What is its colour?


No, the snake is not at all harmful. Its small size makes it harmless even for children. The snake is green in colour.

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


The poet uses the words 'beautiful' and 'graceful' to describe the snake's beauty. Furthermore, the poet describes its unique and distinctive feature as 'harmless' to convey the snake's charm.

Question 4: What does the poet wish for the snake?


The poet's wish for the snake was that the snake remain unharmed and he wanted that the snake will go over the water and into the reeds to hide. The poet feels that the snake's beauty and appearance are distinctive.

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


The snake was laying on the sand before anyone saw it and chased it away. The snake disappears among the ripples of the water among the slim green reeds.

II. Answer these questions;

Question 1: Find out as much as you can about different kinds of snakes (from books in the library, or from the Internet). Are they all poisonous? Find out the names of some poisonous snakes.


There are different types of snakes found around the world. Some snakes are highly venomous, while others are considered to be somewhat non-venomous, but even in the latter category, some snakes are highly dangerous and poisonous.

The names of some of the most venomous snakes of the world are Inland Taipan, Eastern Brown Snake, King Cobra, Black mamba and Peron's Sea Snake etc.

Question 2: Look for information on how to find out whether a snake is harmful.


A snake is a species of long reptile with certain features, and some snakes are classified as venomous or non-venomous.

There are some specific distinctions between venomous and non-venomous snakes are that some poisonous snakes have slit eyes(except coral snakes), they have triangle shaped head and have depression between the eyes and the nostrils and non-venomous snakes are not capable of biting through clothing while venomous snake capable to do so. 

Question 3: As you know, from the previous lesson you have just read, there are people in our country who have traditional knowledge about snakes, who even catch poisonous snakes with practically bare hands. Can you find out something more about them?


There are people in our country who have traditional knowledge about snakes, who even catch poisonous snakes with practically bare hands, they are called snake charmers. Snake Charming is a very common activity in India in which the snake move by watching the flute move. Although snakes do not have external ears to listen to sounds, they can detect vibrations and low-frequency sounds.

Some common facts about the snake charmers are:

1. They hypnotize their snakes to dance according to the movement of their flute.

2. They belong to the Nath sect and are followers of Lord Shiva.

3. They practiced these skills in their childhood.

4. Snake charming is a tradition for them but it is slowly vanishing under the enforcement of wildlife protection laws.

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