The Express by Stephen Spender

The Express by Stephen Spender

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    The poem The Express by Stephen Spender is an example of new romantic poetry which is quite different from the traditional Romanticism. In the poem, rather than going back to nature (as Romantics like Wordsworth or Keats did), the poet appreciates the running of an Express Train which is the symbol of Industrial Revolution.

    The poet begins with train’s leaving the station like a queen and moves through villages where fields, houses and graveyards surround the track. The train here is presented as joyful and happy which is again a direct attack on Romanticism which presented Industrial Revolution calling it the root cause of all the miseries.

    Read the summary of the poem here.

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