The American poet Glaway Kinnel is one of the famous names in the poetry and has been a poet Laureate of Vermont sinc 1989 ot 1993. He is famous for his philosophies in which he vividly rejects the notion of creating an imaginary world instead his poetry reflects different scenarios exhibiting the homogenous feel of this hometown. The writer says that the child is damaged after sometime has been passed and not immediately. He substantiates his claim by exemplifying two scenarios that occur at the same time. In one scenario the parent leaves the child in his room to sleep and the other scenario that occurs at the same time where a train howls. In the next lines the poet describes that the scenario of the parent is similar to something spiritual. The poems of Kinnell tend to explore more about the psychological aspects of the situations. The poem also present various exemplification in this regard. He started from an individual experience and then he linked the same concept by generalizing the thoughts into the perspective of the universe. The story takes a turn from the universe to the individual of a house who has been a principle occupant of the house and is struggling. He tries to make the similarity between the nature and the human conduct.
He generalizes his findings by summing up the whole situation that the pressure can exhaust any person. And on the level of the universe he says that the increase in the frequency of waves increases the energy. Whatever the type of pressure is, it turns out into a crisis and is devastating. The story further provides a solution to it as well while ending the notion being in discussion that the curiosity and probing nature regarding a situation can help figure out the issue before hand.
Further, discussion also tends to exemplify the cause and effect situation that is demonstrated by quoting few scenarios such as “the female nurse’s elbow, for instance, bumping a penis, could raise it up”, etc. one of the interesting point the story contains is the use to quote about the train that the writer links to the ideas and the scenarios he presents in the poem. He attempts to exemplify his thoughts by generalizing them and then funnel them down by linking these though with the Lacka wanna that according to him is the sound produced by the train. The story and the context in the poem is constructed for the purpose of promoting and highlight the role of railways. Thus the significance of the rails, the tracks and their impacts have been demonstrated in this poem as well by creating different scenarios.
Various scenario such as the use of eight minutes where the writer describes that ‘It will be eight minutes before we know it is dead”. “There shall be plenty of time for the ordinary human act” affirm this notion. In a nutshell, for the American, the significance and the railroads are much more than the historic curiosity that they are considered as today. The spirit of America is being presented through them as they reflect various contemporary and bold characteristics at that time. These rail roads helped America to shape its future. They linked the country and transformed it into a civilization. Thus, the writer of Lackawanna also attempted to present the same picture in his own unique style where he tried to connect the nature with it.