Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
And then — prodigious step
Around a Pile of Mountains —
- After its pit stop, the creature goes onward, to step effortlessly around mountains – not just one, but a "pile."
- Again, we wonder what this thing is; it's large enough to require tanks of food, and to skip lightly around mountain ranges. It's certainly no real animal…
And supercilious peer
In Shanties — by the sides of Roads —
- The creature "superciliously" (that is, haughtily or condescendingly) looks into the ramshackle buildings by the roadside.
- Notably, the speaker doesn't say anything about what it sees there. Why do you think that is?