Identify the metaphors in "I taste a liquor never brewed—." For each metaphor, what is being compared to what? What feeling or idea is being expressed by this comparison?

This poem is an example of an extended metaphor of drunkenness. Emily Dickinson is comparing her experience of mystic exaltation with the intoxication caused by drinking alcohol. She feels enraptured not by liquor but by the fresh “air” and the morning “dew” of summer days. Thus, the main idea expressed here is that the delight which the splendid nature offers is far more intense and sweeter than that derived from any alcoholic drinks.

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Dickinson finds nature deeply fascinating. To her, experiencing nature is far more exhilarating and thrilling than getting intoxicated by any fine liquor:

Not all the Frankfort Berries
Yield such an Alcohol!

In the second stanza, Dickinson says it is not alcohol but the natural beauty of a summer day that makes her tipsy. She is drunk on "air" and "dew":

Inebriate of air – am I –
And Debauchee of Dew –
Reeling – thro' endless summer days –
From inns of molten Blue –

To reel is to move about in a staggering or unsteady manner, especially when one is drunk. Having drunk to excess, she would reel "from inns of molten Blue." "Molten Blue" is being referred to the...

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