I like to see it lap the Miles
by Emily Dickinson
I like to see it lap the Miles Man and the Natural World Quotes
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I like to see it lap the Miles —
And lick the Valleys up — (1-2)
While it's cool to think about the train gobbling up the hills and valleys as it goes, it's also kind of creepy and menacing. This image of ravenous eating doesn't bode well for the natural landscape.
[…] prodigious step
Around a Pile of Mountains — 5
This image dwarfs both man and nature in relation to the train. The word "pile" trivializes the mountains and makes us feel our own smallness and weakness; if we're already teeny tiny and insignificant next to a mountain, how can we possibly compare with the power and majesty of the train?