LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 recordings of The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 28 to June 6th, 2011 (the project had a time extension).
Although Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Dickinson’s poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends. (summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/railwaytrain_1106_librivox/railwaytrain_dickinson_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 7s (mp3@64kb)
The Railway Train
I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step
Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare
To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill
And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop — docile and omnipotent —
At its own stable door.
This week’s poem can be found here.
-Cataloged on LibriVox, June 15th 2011.