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    Poem question

    Hi I'm a person at the ESL-level English, I'm not currently a student but I have an interest in improving grammar. I'm watching a Japanese cartoon at home called "Fractale" at the ending of every epiosodes of the cartoon a song is played. The song lyric is directly from a famous poem wrote by a famous poet and playwright named "William Butler Yeats" the song/poem is "Down By Salley Gardens"

    Hmm before I ask the question I wanted to ask, another question just came in mind. Is the title incorrect English? "Down By Salley Gardens" since "Salley" is a specific thing shouldn't it be "Down By Salley's Garden" since the person is talking about something or someone's garden and not something general like "Car", "Car door"


    Okay super main question now, Ive been made a fool out of this since I told someone that one sentence in the poem might not be correct. When other people quickly response to me it is an old poem and it is 100% correct.

    The sentence "Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet" my comment to this is the poetic is using wrong English. I have been to ESL classes, I heard of something called "past-present" but is this sentence going too far?

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    Re: Poem question

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I did go to work yesterday. I did meet the usher last week. So...this guy went to the gardens and met his love - what's the problem?

    What you just said scared me enough Ive put down my banana split.

    So the whole year of ESL was for nothing?

    you're telling me it's not "gone to work yesterday", "Met the usher last week?" Please response soon and elaborate to me more on this. I'll be back after I finish my ice cream.

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    Re: Poem question

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman View Post
    you're telling me it's not "gone to work yesterday", "Met the usher last week?"
    "Did", "do" and "does" often added for emphasis. (Have a look.) They are often used in poetry for metrical reasons even when no emphasis is needed.

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