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Analysis and comments on I like to see it lap the Miles -- by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 19 of 39, 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 39, 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 39, added on February 2nd, 2010 at 9:25 PM.
TO ALL YOU GENIUSES OUT THERE

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

A Junior in High school from United States
Comment 16 of 39, 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
Comment 15 of 39, added on February 23rd, 2009 at 4:39 PM.

To me this poem is "superciliously" staring into the shanties of the people
who can least afford the luxury of privacy. If you look at the meaning of
supercilious, you will see a secondary meaning haughty or arrogant. The
train was tearing through new territory at the expense of those who lived
along the roads. The image of a horse crawling over and squeezing through
tunnels may seem playful, but I think Ms. Dickinson was making a social
comment with a far deeper meaning than the whimsical I often hear from
other readers. Anybody out there agree?

BJ from United States
Comment 14 of 39, added on January 29th, 2009 at 2:17 PM.

I think Emily dickinson is a very intellengent women and that poem maybe
means she is comparing a river to a horse. Maybe she was comparing a trian
to a horse!

Jordan from United States
Comment 13 of 39, added on November 5th, 2008 at 7:49 AM.

I thpught thispoem had symbolic meaning to the word athlete. This is a
womon who never really experienced a family and her hosr represent the
American dream of full speed ahead while you can and take your time to get
to where you want to go.

reginald from United States
Comment 12 of 39, added on February 4th, 2008 at 11:42 PM.

In my opinion, this poem isnt quite poetry. but it does use iambic
tetrameter and it has imagery and symbolism and personification. So you
believe what you want.. but im my opinion, poetry means something more than
just, "industrialization is good." Poetry should come from the heart about
something close to the heart, and let me tell you, with emily dickinson's
history, technology isnt exactly the closest thing to her heart.

Sarah from United Kingdom
Comment 11 of 39, added on December 25th, 2007 at 2:09 PM.

It's definitely a train. Feeds itself at tanks, quarry pares where it fits
its ribs (this is a tunnel through rock in a moutainside) and hooting
downhill with its whistle. It does also remind me of how a poet feels when
they write a good poem, too, though. I imagine Emily identified with the
power of the iron horse. (locomotive)

ea
Comment 10 of 39, added on December 12th, 2007 at 11:19 PM.

The poem is about her observing a train. Because during her time trains
were a huge new trend and it amazed people at the technological
advancements being made. So naturally she is going to praise it.

Melissa from United States

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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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