THE MOSQUITO BY DH LAWRENCE
The prescribed poem exemplifies that the mosquito is not as insignificant as people make it out to be. The poet bestows upon it the honorific titles "Monsieur", "you exaltation". etc. Far from ignoring it, the poet poses a series of interrogatives before the insect. Why does it stand on such high legs, as if placed on a pedestal? He questions it on the length of its 'shredded shrank'. The word shrank means 'the lower part of the leg". However, it also implies 'to shank' or to hit with a knife connoting the mosquito's stinging.
Physically though insignificant, it seems to defy the forces of nature itself-the law of gravitation as it weighs no more than air. It fools the speaker himself, as it rests weightless upon himself. The mosquito is a phantom disregarding all worlds. The "Winged Victory" displayed at the Louvre, is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. It was created to honour the Goddess Nike, and symbolizes action and triumph. (Wikpedia)The arms and the figure's head of the statue has never been found. Therefore, the figure of the Winged Victory resembles the shape of the mosquito. Nevertheless, the mosquito is an inch taller, in that it has its head intact, to smile and look back at its tail. The poet exclaims as to how it can assign so much of devilry into its frail, delicate body. Being translucent, it appears phantom-like.
The poet finds it weird and wonderful that it seems to be as harmless as a heron sailing in water, or a lifeless clot of air. Though it appears to be a 'nothingness' a certain aura appears to surround it. The aura exists, indubitably even though it is an evil one paralyzing the speakers mind beyond thought. His smallness causes him to be invisible and his swift movements tease the eye with its antics.
The 'anesthetic power' refers to the power of the mosquito draw the conscious attention of the people from their practical chores and cognizant thoughts. Though the speaker is larger in...