Which tumbles down the landfall-click-away-along-away

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Russian, Spanish
Does this mean that "Rockaway" (the peninsula in Long Island) slides down in massive quantity with just a click in the long distance?

"That Rockaway which Far, which Rocks,
Which tumbles down the landfall-click-away-along-away
Like time which dusts to ruin and to brine
Down destiny's incline to desert stills"

("A Train Station Sign Viewed from an Ancient Locomotive Passing Through long after Midnight", Ray Bradbury)
  • EStjarn

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    I can't say whether your interpretation is correct or not, bloomcountry. I can only add some thoughts to yours.

    a) The narrator is on a moving train; the click could be the sound produced when trains move over the gaps between jointed rails.

    b) The use of away could be a play on words, an allusion to Rockaway: the narrator is leaving, and the tumbling down of Rockaway is something going on within him.

    c) The meaning of landfall: "the land sighted or reached after a voyage or flight," (AHD). Perhaps a reference to Long Island.
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