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After analysing the poems The Pylons The Express Slough and The Wiper written by Stephen Spender John Betjeman and Louis MacNeice respectively a clear picture of poetry in the 1930s was formed in my mind All four poems speak of new inventions in the industrial sector each in their own way but all referring back to the general industrialization of the 30s Even though they all discuss roughly the same theme they do not all discuss it in the same way some welcome the change some are ambiguous about it and some merely use the new technology as a metaphor for bigger things Among the poems that do not clearly state if they agree with the new industrialization is The Pylons by Stephen Spender In his poem Spender describes how the world is being changed how nature and the country-side are being destroyed but he does not put it in a completely negative sense in some parts of the poem he mentions that the electricity pylons and skyscrapers have a beauty of their own Spender divides his poem in three sections past first stanza present second and third stanzas and future fifth stanza the fourth stanza is a link between how the world has already been changed and how more changes are still to come This poem is particularly interesting because of its ambiguity even thought Spender fondly describes the countryside he does not seem to have a problem with electricity pylons taking over it Spenders second poem The Express on the other hand is completely positive about new inventions it describes a trains journey and how beautiful the train is the train is more beautiful then nature it is described as the most beautiful thing poetry has ever been written about This poem is particularly interesting because it clearly personifies the new style of poetry that was being written at the time no longer poems had to be deep and meaningful
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