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.