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I like to see it lap the Miles Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
  1. Dickinson offers a lot of hints at this creature's identity, but no definite answer. Sooooo…what is it?
  2. [Spoiler Alert!]
  3. Congratulations! You've figured out that it's a train. If this is a poem about a manmade invention, why bother with all of this animal imagery?
  4. What are the speaker's feelings about the train? She says that she "likes" to see it as it speeds by – is that the only emotion she expresses, or might her feelings be more complicated?
  5. We see a whole lot of the train, but not the countryside it passes through, or its inhabitants. What might this empty landscape signify?
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