Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
And then a Quarry pare
To fit its Ribs
And crawl between
- It "crawls" through a narrow tunnel or passage in the mountainous terrain.
- Some of the words here are a bit strange. We'll help you out.
- "Paring" is a word you've probably heard before. Ever used a "paring knife" to "pare" (cut) up a piece of fruit?
- "Quarry" is a place where stone is cut from the ground.
- "Paring" a "quarry" makes it sound as though the thing slices through rock as effortlessly as a knife through an apple.
Complaining all the while
In horrid — hooting stanza —
- The mystery creature whines horribly as it moves through the rock, making a loud ruckus.
- Check out the use of the word "stanza." It makes us think of stanzas of poetry, which have a rhythmic quality. It seems like the horrible sounds coming from this thing are rhythmic too.