From A Railway Carriage
Read the title.
* What do you think the poem is about?
* Have you been on a train?
* Close your eyes and think about the moving scene outside a train window.
* Take turns in class to describe one image that crossed your mind.
eg. I saw a tea vendor run past the window; I saw tall trees flash past...
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And there is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart run away in the road,
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 Nov 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, musician and travel writer. His famous works are ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Kidnapped’, ‘Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’ and ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’.
Charge- To make a rush at or sudden attack upon a person or thing
Clamber -Climb or move in an awkward and laborious way using both hands and feet
Brambles-A prickly scrambling shrub of the rose family especially a blackberry
Tramp- A person who travels from place to place on foot in search of work or as a beggar
Stringing -Hang so that it stretches in a long line
Lumping- Carry with difficulty
Glimpse - See or perceive briefly or partially