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And though my head felt heavy,
I played on till dusk
Missing flies and pop-ups and grounders
And calling out in desperation things like
“Yours” and “take it,” but doing all right,
Tugging at my cap in just the right way,
Crouching low, my feet set.
“Hum baby” sweetly on my lips.
—“How I Learned English,”
Compare the original ending with the version in which most of the vivid language has been taken out. Write three to four sentences explaining how the original version s you visualize and understand the poem’s story.