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Night Mail May 5, 2011

Filed under: Projects — cartwheelqueen @ 11:32 am

This week I learned the poem  Night Mail by W H Auden.

The Poem is about a Postal Train which delivered mail, it started from London and ended in Scotland. The poem was written for the film Night Mail which was shown in 1935.

The poems rhythm changes with the beat of the train to show the speed the train is going. The poem describes the places that the train passes like the country side and Glasgow with such detail you can almost see it. When the poem changes from the country side to Glasgow there’s a difference in the writing as if the writer is kind of sad.

We started by learning the poem Night Mail my favourite bit was

This is the Night Mail crossing the border,

Bringing the cheque and the postal order,

Letters for the rich letters for the poor,

The shop at the corner and the girl next door,

There is a a spoof version of the poem and these are the same four lines but the spoof version

This is the Junk Mail crossing the border

Delivered by truck now, that’s the order

None of it wanted, all of it waist

All of it tinged with commercial distaste

I really enjoyed learning the poems and I found them very interesting and fun to listen to
and they lead me to do other things to go with it.

I did a poster of Steam Train, Postal Orders and the other things that are described in the poem.


And then I got some old stamps that had been handed from my Grampty who used to do stamp collecting too.


April Book Reviews

Filed under: Book Reviews — cartwheelqueen @ 10:10 am

OK. This month I did really badly for books as I only read the Diary of Anne Frank!

Anne Frank, how can I explain this book? It blew my mind! Although she’s only talking about the everyday life of her Secret Annex¬† the way she describes it is amazing! You can actually imagine yourself being there watching her. I couldn’t put it down! Although it’s a book for 14 years old I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I hope to do better for May!