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Comment 19 of 255, added on August 30th, 2010 at 12:58 AM.
I like to see it lap the miles

At first read I thought the horse was metaphor for the sun moving east to
west, sundown = (docile and omnipotent at it own stable door) or peer
shanties ...
Second read it became clear that the poem is retelling the delighted
experience of seeing a train move through the viewer's landscape. This is,
of course naivety. The iron horse would mercilessly open the west, further
decimate native people, kill of the buffalo ... Like most technology, a
Pandora's box of good and bad.

me455 from United States
Comment 18 of 255, added on March 22nd, 2010 at 6:12 AM.

I'm just wondering,why on the 1st stanza the horse image is projected to be
unmoved to picture the train's movement in the middle of its journey. and
why the final stanza utilizing simile instead of metaphor as it is on the
previous lines.is there any special effect that want to be achieved?i think
so, notes the metaphor 'in horrid-hooting stanza'. How the word 'stanza'
been directly attached to the horse/train image when there is nothing about
stanza/poem has been introduced before? i feel the poem production process
in this poem.

Cs from Indonesia
Comment 17 of 255, added on February 2nd, 2010 at 9:25 PM.

This poem is obviously describing the train as an "iron horse" you idiots.

A Junior in High school from United States
Comment 16 of 255, added on January 24th, 2010 at 7:53 PM.

Ok, seriously people, this poem is obviously about the ocean. My proof? "I
like to see it LAP the Miles" hello? Lap, as in the waves lapped against
the shore? I rest my case.

Abi from United States

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Information about I like to see it lap the Miles --

Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 585. I like to see it lap the Miles --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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