From A Railway Carriage

From A Railway Carriage – Robert Louis Stevenson

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And there is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart run away in the road,
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!

It Means:

fairies – தேவதைகள்
witches – மந்திரவாதிகள்
hedges – புதர்
ditches – பள்ளங்கள்
wink of an eye – கண் சிமிட்டும்
clambers – கஷ்டப்பட்டு தோற்றி ஏறு
scrambles – கை கால்களால் தோற்றி ஏறு
brambles – முட்செடி, முணுமுணுப்பு
tramp – நாடோடி
stringing – சரம்
daisies – (flower)
Lumping – குவியல்
glimpse – கண நேரக் கண்ணோட்டம்


Charge – To make a rush at or sudden attack upon a person or thing
Clamber – Climb or move in an awkward and laborious way using both hands and feet
Brambles – A prickly scrambling shrub of the rose family especially a blackberry
Tramp – A person who travels from place to place on foot in search of work or as a beggar
Stringing – Hang so that it stretches in a long line
Lumping – Carry with difficulty
Glimpse – See or perceive briefly or partially

It Means:

awkward – விகாரமான
laborious – உழைப்பு

About the Poet

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 Nov 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, musician and travel writer. His famous works are ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Kidnapped’, ‘Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’ and ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’.

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