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I like to see it lap the miles, Analysis

Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 3981

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I like to see it lap the miles,

And lick the valleys up,

And stop to feed itself at tanks;

And then, prodigious, step

Around a pile of mountains,

And, supercilious, peer

In shanties by the sides of roads;

And then a quarry pare

To fit its sides, and crawl between,

Complaining all the while

In horrid, hooting stanza;

Then chase itself down hill

And neigh like Boanerges;

Then, punctual as a star,

Stop--docile and omnipotent--

At its own stable door.


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It is about a train! I saw a picture that comes with the poem and it is a picture of a train!

| Posted on 2013-03-31 | by a guest

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It\'s sex. It\'s even described with a climax and the calm that comes afterwards.

| Posted on 2012-12-08 | by a guest

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it is being compared to creatures of the world not just a horse or cat

| Posted on 2012-04-29 | by a guest

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U dumbass it\'s about a train but she is metaphorically talking about a horse

| Posted on 2012-01-31 | by a guest

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It is about a train, being metaphorically compared to a horse.

| Posted on 2010-12-16 | by a guest

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This poem is about big dongs. Read for yourself and see how the dongs get bigger and bigger as the poem progresses.

| Posted on 2010-11-07 | by a guest

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this poem is about a river. read it over n u\'ll c.there is more supporting evidence for it being a river rather than a train.

| Posted on 2010-10-02 | by a guest

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Did you know that every Emily D. Poem can be sang to the tune of \'I\'d like to teach the world to sing?\'

| Posted on 2010-09-25 | by a guest

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Also find that the personification on this poem shows how the train is moving as it is a human itself. Even if it is elementary, a key fact to analysis of the poem.

| Posted on 2010-05-05 | by a guest

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I find it odd how the train seems to consume the valleys and miles with a driving force, yet cannot go through the miles-it must go around. Also, it would be a train rather than a car--this was written in 1862.

| Posted on 2010-02-16 | by a guest

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This poem is about trains. And if you read a litter deeper into it, you can tell its written with an ironic tone. Yes, it seems like she does like the train, and "prodigious" suggests she finds the train to be remarkable. But looking at words such as "lick, lap and feed" can suggest consumption. The train is not just going through the mountains and valleys, but driving with a powerful force, and in a sense destroying them. Consuming.

| Posted on 2010-02-06 | by a guest

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This is a poem about a train! Read it again, and see and hear the train.

| Posted on 2009-11-14 | by a guest

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is she talking about a car?
u cans ay as a metaphor thatcars lap upmiles and its stable could be a garage....
when was this poem written?
well she is definitely talking about sumthing really fast and the stable could be anything at all.
probably about a horse.

| Posted on 2009-10-19 | by a guest

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In this poem I really don't understand the metaphor. First it seems the metaphor is a cat then in the last stanza it seems she is talking about a horse. So it confuses me a little, but it is a good poem

| Posted on 2009-10-01 | by a guest

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The poem is most certainly not written in iambic tetrameter, not even the first stanza is. The first stanza is in simple ballad stanza form where the lines progress from 4 feet-3 feet-4 feet-3 feet. If the other commenter had bothered to read the poem for what it was and not just the first line they would have realized that. The metaphor is extended and controlling, that is the metaphor essentially is the poem. It's a well written poem, though considering her classic ones it isn't exactly a shining.

| Posted on 2009-01-16 | by a guest

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ITS A COOL POEM..I GUESS...ummmmm..it has extended metaphor, and imagery. It also uses iambic tetrameter...IF u KNOW wut that is..and yes i do...if u wanna know then well read out LOUD ..

I Like to See it Lap the Miles, was a poem with a constant regular meter. This form of meter that Emily Dickinson used was iambic tetrameter, and therefore the pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables can easily be heard. In this poem, Dickinson made the use of extended metaphor. Through out the entire poem, she compared and iron horse to a railway train. The reason she used this metaphor was because the year she was born, locomotives were introduced. This poem also uses a large amount of alliteration in words such as ‘like’, ‘lap’, and ‘lick’. This is an enjoyable poem, if read aloud in the right mood.

| Posted on 2006-02-12 | by Approved Guest

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