Subskill: Reading Comprehension
Concept: Poetry / Interpreting Figurative Language
Grade Level: Upper Elementary
From a Railway Carriage 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 here 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!
Here are some questions to ask after listening to the poem:
What is the subject of the poem?
“Charging along like troops in a battle” – is this a simile or a metaphor?
Can you think of other words that rhyme with rain and plain?
“Driving rain” – what is it called when a non-living thing, such as rain, takes on human actions, such as ‘driving’?