in First Poetry, 1925
Notes Compiled and Edited by simply RI
• The eyesight of horses now, in today's, leads the
speaker to consider his feelings to horses
if he was a kid: ‘Perhaps some childish hour
has come again'.
• Key focus:
– The various descriptions of horses and the speaker's
feelings on the horses
– An other-worldliness about them, something magical
– Admiration and fear happen to be mixed
– A clear Passionate feel about the poem: e. g. ‘And oh
• ‘lumbering' provides impression that the
horses will be moving in a slow, large and
• Pistons inside the machines within an ancient generator are
used to describe the movement from the horses'
hooves as your child ‘watched fearful'
• The use of imagery sucked from the early
industrial age is definitely interesting about what it lets us know
about the child's dread
Stanza three or more
• The term ‘conquering' suggests a reference to
an even previous age
• The word ‘ritual' and the points
‘seraphim of gold' and ‘ecstatic monsters' hint
at something questionnable or pre-historic
• The ‘rapture' delivers a Romantic impression of
worshipping these natural creatures: discover lines
Stanza your five
• ‘glowing with mysterious fire' relates to the
‘magic power', which describes the horses he
sees in these days (in the first stanza)
• The powerful force of the mounts is captured in
the eyes gleaming with a ‘cruel apocalyptic
• The religious imagery follows upon from the
‘struggling snakes' of stanza your five
• The repetition of ‘it fades' suggests reduction,
straightforwardly the fading of his recollection
• ‘Pine' means to think a ongoing, often sentimental
• To assist a closer studying of the poem as a
• Process 1
– Look up this is of ‘lumbering' and then
consider the way it contrasts with the description
in lines 3 – 4
• Task a couple of
– Appearance closely at the meanings of ‘terrible', ‘wild' and ‘strange'
– These are generally of course terms common in everyday
consumption, but specific dictionary explanations of these
phrases might deliver unexpected and original suggestions
– Note that the race horses are ‘lumbering', whilst the
plough is definitely ‘steady'
• Check that you could have understood the shift in
• The rest of the poem deals with the speaker's
memory space of his feelings as a child.
• What impression will you feel is established by the
simile of the ‘pistons'?
• The references from this stanza in order to a preindustrial age. • Consider the effects of these terms:
‘conquering hooves', ‘ritual', ‘seraphim of gold' and ‘mute ecstatic monsters'.
• You must consult a dictionary wherever
Stanzas 4 and 5
• What do you choose of the strengthen in stanza four?
• Explore the words used to describe the mounts,
and to consider what they disclose about the
speaker's frame of mind?
• What contrast is usually signalled through ‘But when ever
at dusk…' at the beginning of stanza five?
• What do you make of ‘mysterious fire' below and
the ‘magic power' attributed to the present-day
mounts in stanza one?
• Analyse the effectiveness of the imagery: the
‘cruel apocalyptic light' of their eye and the
personification of the blowing wind.
• Just before considering the final stanza and
reaching a judgement about its effectiveness,
you may read the complete poem (perhaps
working in pairs).
• Having studied strongly the previous stanzas,
how do you today feel that the last stanza
should be spoken?
• How does the tone right here differ from the tone
consist of parts of the poem?
• In order focus on the sounds of the poem, you
might in pairs or small groupings practise examining
the composition aloud.
• Try to get a suitable words for the speaker since
you examine, and change the sculpt as ideal.
• Finally, annotate a copy of the poem, indicating
briefly the effects made by symbolism and sound
• Select among the a...