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D00M
Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:38:03 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

What is the part of speech of dying in the following poem? And what grammatical function does it serve?

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.

To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory
As he defeated -dying-

On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

Emily Dickenson- 1859



I am looking forward to your answers.
Audiendus
Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 9:00:12 AM
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As far as I can tell, "dying" here is a present participle modifying "he" (= "he, defeated and dying, on whose forbidden ear...").

The person who appreciates victory most is he who will never experience it.
D00M
Posted: Saturday, November 11, 2017 9:27:01 AM

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Much appreciated.

I am looking forward to your answers.
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