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    given to ... as well as ...

    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 16:51.

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    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.

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    #3
    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.

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