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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #1

And stop to feed itself at Tanks — (3)

This is an intriguing image of the train being refueled. Interestingly, the speaker doesn't describe the train being fed by human hands, but instead gives this amazing technology a kind of autonomy or agency.

Quote #2

And supercilious peer
In Shanties — by the sides of Roads — (6-7)

Oh dear. Feeling high and mighty, are we? The train's inner life is filled out more here; it seems to feel a kind of superiority to the inhabitants of the shanties (humans). What might this imply about the relationship of technology to its inventors?

Quote #3

And then a Quarry pare

To fit its Ribs
And crawl between (8-10)

Here, we see that technology is able to surmount even the greatest natural boundaries – it carves paths where none existed before.

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