The narrator, being a child, in his ignorance, had assumed that all kinds of snakes are dangerous but when his mother comes to know about it, she explains to him that every kind of snake is not dangerous. Only a few kinds of snakes are harmful. This makes him peacefully admire the garden snake when…
The phrase ‘a snake in the grass’ conveys the idea about the people who are deceptive in nature but show themselves to be friendly.
The popular belief about snakes amongst the people is that they are poisonous. That is why people are always afraid of them. Their bites prove dangerous and sometimes fatal because of this belief.
When the child sees the snake for the first time, he is scared but on being told by his mother that every snake is not dangerous, the child becomes comfortable. The next time when he comes across the snake in the garden, he does not run away.
The poet’s mother says so because the poet saw a snake in the garden. Seeing it he ran away in fear. His mother knew that the garden snakes were not harmful. They were good and harmless. So, she asks the poet not to be afraid of snakes.
The poet sees the snake wiggling in the grass, he stands aside and watches him pass.
Snake eats up insects for food.
Some snakes are dangerous.
The poet was scared of the snake because people had told him that snakes are dangerous.