Song of a Train


Often compared to Joesph Turner's Rain, Steam, Speed (1844. Oil on Canvas). Song of a Train was penned by the late Victorian Scots poet John Davidson (1857-1909) who is remembered chiefly as an eccentric. A writer of short lyrical verse like this one, his most powerful works are the many ballads he wrote. Today we are so jaded by travel that flights by Concords halfway round the world are memorable only when the're punctual and Davidson's poem expressing the awe and magic of trains seems completely out dated. Davidson didn't care for that kind of change, he killed himself in 1909 because, as one critic puts it, "he was tired of the 20th century."

Public domain text taken from The Poets’ Corner:
http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/2001/davidson0101.html

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