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    «You'll wait a long, long time for anything much
    To happen in heaven beyond the floats of cloud
    And the Northern Lights that run like tingling nerves...» [Robert Frost]

    Hi, two questions regarding the above lines:

    "floats of cloud" = flakes / rags of cloud??

    "tingling nerves" (Abnormal nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles??)


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    Re: Meaning

    Floats of cloud = floating clouds, or even, units of floating cloud. I'm sure you've seen the Rio Carnival on TV. Each passing vehicle is called a float. He may have been using a parade image. As for the other, it is a dual meaning, both in terms of evoking sensation and touch, on the one hand, and in evoking the appearance of strings, on the other.

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