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ADLESTROP


Yes, I remember Adlestrop --
The name, because one afternoon A
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June. A

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came B
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop -- only the name B

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry, C
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudless in the sky. C

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier, D
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. D

In this poem, the poet develops the naturalistic aspects and it’s in contrast with the war poems. The poet gives us information about the place (Adlestrop) and about the time (“It was late June”, line 4).

The poem consists of 16 lines which are split into four stanzas. Lines begin with a Capital letter and they have different length. There is a regular rhyme scheme and the second line rhymes with the fourth. There is an alliteration (line 3 “Heat – tHe”), there are many repetitions (line 6 “no one… no one” // line 9 “willows, willow” // line 17 “farther and farther”). There is also an assonance (line 5 “hissed… cleared”).
The word “Unwontedly” in the fourth lines means that it wasn’t a usual stop. Lines 6 and 7 show the desolation caused by the war. In the third stanza there is a description of particular aspects of nature (“and grass, // And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry // No whit less still and lonely fair //
Than the high cloudless in the sky.)
I love this poem because the poet describes the desolation caused by the war and I think the last two stanzas are so touching.

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