What kind of figurative laguage is present in this poem?on nothing else

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Emily Dickinson's poem "I Like To See It Lap the Miles," is referring to "water."

Hints can be found with words like "lap," "lick," "tanks," "quarry."

Phrases that suggest water are "stop to feed itself at tanks" (which hold water), "fit its sides," "crawl between," "chase itself down hill," and "docile and omnipotent."

Images that suggest water are "complaining all the while / In horrid, hooting stanza" and "neigh like Boanerges."

("Boanerges" is the Biblical name Jesus gave to James and John; it can mean "sons of thunder" or a "...preacher with a powerful voice.")

The phrases listed above give a sense of water: water can "fit its sides" to other shapes. Water can seem to "crawl between" and "chase itself down hill;" and "docile and omnipotent" refer to calm water and water that is all-powerful: like tsunamis/tidal waves, etc.

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