http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/given+to?r=66 -adjective, definition 2.
He has a tendency to prosaic free-verse strolls. In addition to that, he has a tendency to complex syntactic flights.
Interested in Language
Like Auden’s, James Merrill’s language is chatty, arch, and conversational—given to complex syntactic flights
as well as to prosaic free-verse strolls.
I cannot understand "given to ... as well as ...", so I have discussed with some Chinese and got 2 understandings as the followings.
1st understanding: given to should be understood as contrast to.
2nd understanding: The structure is given to...flights as well as given to...strolls which means
flights are given to complex syntactic as well as strolls are given to prosaic free-verse.
Finally I inclined to the 1st, but I really cannot be sure it is correct.
Is the 1st understanding right? Sincere thanks!!!
Last edited by dodonaomik; 13-Mar-2014 at 15:51.
Lighted by your reply, I entered Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
As a result I found given to: http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionar...to#given_1__19
But your explaination is much better and more understandable than the definition of the Oxford Dictionary.