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Quote #4

In horrid — hooting stanza — (12)

This phrase brings to mind a wild, untamed animal, yet the train emits this sound as it's doing something very un-animal-like (plowing through a rocky impasse). This is another natural image that's manipulated to demonstrate just how very unnatural this beast is.

Quote #5

Stop — docile and omnipotent 
At its own stable door — (16-17)

The image of the stable (and the "neighing" of the train in line 14) ultimately reminds us that it, like the horse, is a domesticated creature. Man still wins out over both nature and technology…for now, at least.

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