"The Railway Train" by Emily Dickinson

In this poem, the speaker imagines that a railway train is a living creature. Read the full text here.
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  1. lap
    take up with the tongue
    I like to see it lap the miles,
    And lick the valleys up,
    And stop to feed itself at tanks;
  2. valley
    a long depression in the surface of the land
    I like to see it lap the miles,
    And lick the valleys up,
    And stop to feed itself at tanks;
  3. prodigious
    great in size, force, extent, or degree
    And then, prodigious, step
    Around a pile of mountains,
  4. supercilious
    having or showing arrogant disdain or haughtiness
    And, supercilious, peer
    In shanties by the sides of roads;
  5. shanty
    a small crude shelter used as a dwelling
    And, supercilious, peer
    In shanties by the sides of roads;
  6. quarry
    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
    And then a quarry pare
    To fit its sides, and crawl between,
  7. pare
    remove the edges from and cut down to the desired size
    And then a quarry pare
    To fit its sides, and crawl between,
  8. complain
    express discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
    Complaining all the while
    In horrid, hooting stanza;
  9. horrid
    grossly offensive to decency or morality
    Complaining all the while
    In horrid, hooting stanza;
  10. stanza
    a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
    Complaining all the while
    In horrid, hooting stanza;
  11. neigh
    make a sound characteristic of a horse
    And neigh like Boanerges;
    Then, punctual as a star,
    Stop - docile and omnipotent -
    At its own stable door.
    Boanerges was a nickname given by Jesus to the apostles James and John; its Hebrew origin means "sons of thunder."
  12. punctual
    acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed
    And neigh like Boanerges;
    Then, punctual as a star,
    Stop - docile and omnipotent -
    At its own stable door.
  13. docile
    easily handled or managed
    And neigh like Boanerges;
    Then, punctual as a star,
    Stop - docile and omnipotent -
    At its own stable door.
  14. omnipotent
    having unlimited power
    And neigh like Boanerges;
    Then, punctual as a star,
    Stop - docile and omnipotent -
    At its own stable door.
  15. stable
    resistant to change of position or condition
    And neigh like Boanerges;
    Then, punctual as a star,
    Stop - docile and omnipotent -
    At its own stable door.
Created on June 5, 2013 (updated April 26, 2019)

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