Critically evaluate Melodic Trains by John Ashbery. (P.U. 2003, 2005)
Melodic Trains poem of music and musings. It captures its metaphors and symbols from the experience of travelling by train. Ashbery compares this to the journey of life and tries that common worries consume of our energies and leave us little time that others have similar problems which share and lessen. The cornerstone of his poem question middle of the poem: “Why couldn’t/We more considerate?”
The title of the poem sets a tone of harmony and concord. The trains are melodic not because the round of the wheels is so rhythmic, but because Ashbery sees all passengers as his brothers. He empathises with them and feels that on our individual journey of life we must share each others’ experiences and together establish a world more , happiness, and brotherhood. possible everyone hears and shares the music of life. Thus all the complaints of his fellow passengers “strikes silver bells” in his heart.