Night Mail Poem explanation of all stanzas

Here is the explanation with reference to the context of the poem Night Mail written by W.H Auden. This poem is included in Book 3 English for 1st year students. I have explained all Stanzas like Stanza 1, Stanza 2, Stanza 3, stanza 4 and stanza 5 explanation in this post.

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Night Mail Poem Explanation

The poem Night Mail is a nice poem. This poem describes the journey of a train.

Reference:
These lines have been taken from the poem Night Mail written by W.H Auden. This stanza has been taken from the start of the poem.

Context: 
The poem is about a coach that travels through various plain and hilly areas. The train brings letters, cheques and postal orders for all type of people. The train passes through fields and farms but life is not disturbed by its journey. The poet wants to tell us that the train brings both good and bad news for the people. It reaches in time regardless of harsh and unfavorable weather conditions.

Night Mail Poem Stanza 1 Explanation

Night Mail Poem Stanza 1
Explanation:
In this stanza, the poet describes the arrival of Night Mail. The poet says that Night Mail is crossing the borders of the country. It is entering the country with a lot of letters, cheques, postal orders, and other posts. The train is bringing letters for the rich people, for the poor people and the letters for the shop which is located at the corner. Night mail is also bringing letters for the girl next door. The poet wants to say that Night Mail brings letters for the people of every walk of life.

Night Mail Poem Stanza 2 Explanation

Night Mail Poem Stanza 2
Explanation:
In this stanza, the poet describes the journey of Night Mail through different types of areas. The poet says that the train is pulling its cars towards high areas and climbing the hills with a steady speed. Inspite of obstacles and hurdles in her way, she reaches on time. These lines tell us about the importance of time and schedule. She does not waste a moment and efficiently keeps on with her journey.
She passes through cotton fields, meadows, and grassy fields. She uses coal to get power. That is why she throws shite smoke across her shoulders. The poem is sweet rhythm which the readers enjoy.

Night Mail Poem Stanza 3 Explanation

Night mail Poem Stanza 3
Explanation:
In this stanza the poet keeps on describing the journey of the Night Mail. She moves with determination. She crosses the miles of grassy areas. She makes noise while passing the utter silence of wind-bent grasses. She is making noise telling everyone about her arrival. The birds are sleeping in their nests. They are awakened by her noise. But they are not afraid of her at all as they know that she is just doing her business. They just turn their heads to look at her. They stare at her empty coaches. The poet has used the term blank-faced, to show that the coaches were without passengers.

Night Mail Poem Stanza 4 Explanation

Night mail Poem Stanza 4
Explanation:
In this stanza, the poet describes the reaction of sheep and dogs and other animals on the arrival of Night Mail. The poet says the animal cannot change her course. They just keep sleeping with paws across. They know they have nothing to do with night mail so they show no reaction on her arrival. 
The life in the farms is not affected by her arrival. The people in the farms keep on sleeping. They know the train will pass. But a jug in a bedroom shakes slightly as she passes by. The train is going through rough and plain places, the fields, the grassy lands, the slopy areas but she still reaches on time.


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