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I like to see it lap the Miles

I like to see it lap the Miles

by Emily Dickinson

Lines 8-12 Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Lines 8-10

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.

Lines 11-12

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.
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