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    Vocab alacrity

    Hi,

    I came across this exercise and I don't seem to get the meaning of this sentence right. The exercise required me to identify whether the sentence made sense or not considering the way it used the word "alacrity".

    Here's the sentence: The alacrity of John Milton's "Paradise Lost" makes it one of the greatest epic poems in English.

    I thought it made sense, but they say it doesn't. I got confused by the word "alacrity". I knew it meant cheerfulness, eagerness and speed and I thought the above sentence used a metaphor. In my mind it went something like this: The tempo, rythm, speed of the poem is so cool that it made it one of the greatest poems in English.

    Does alacrity only refers to human emotions or states?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Vocab alacrity

    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia Garett View Post
    Hi,

    I came across this exercise and I don't seem to get the meaning of this sentence right. The exercise required me to identify whether the sentence made sense or not considering the way it used the word "alacrity".

    Here's the sentence: The alacrity of John Milton's "Paradise Lost" makes it one of the greatest epic poems in English.

    I thought it made sense, but they say it doesn't. I got confused by the word "alacrity". I knew it meant cheerfulness, eagerness and speed and I thought the above sentence used a metaphor. In my mind it went something like this: The tempo, rhythm, speed of the poem is so cool that it made it one of the greatest poems in English.

    Does alacrity only refers to human emotions or states?

    Thank you.
    In my experience, yes. One does something with alacrity.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Vocab alacrity

    I love "Paradise Lost" but I would never have thought to use "alacrity" in its description.

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