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The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts to capture the pain of love in a whimsical manner at odds with the stringent religious mores of the day.


1. The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts
2. Considered by many to be the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson's writings were attempts
3. Emily Dickinson, who is considered by many as the greatest of the nineteenth century poets, attempted in her writings
4. Considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson had attempted in her writings
5. Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, attempted in her writings
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The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts to capture the pain of love in a whimsical manner at odds with the stringent religious mores of the day.


1. The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts
2. Considered by many to be the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson's writings were attempts
3. Emily Dickinson, who is considered by many as the greatest of the nineteenth century poets, attempted in her writings
4. Considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson had attempted in her writings
5. Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, attempted in her writings


Correct Answer E.

Consider do not take any preposition such as considered as... or considered to be.... Hence B & C can be eliminated.
D uses unnecessary perfect tense. Hence can be eliminated.
A Considered is modifying writings. It should modify Emily Dickinson. Can be eliminated.
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First Split :

1. The writings of Emily Dickinson, ........................ the greatest poet of the nineteenth century........... : The writings was the greatest poet = Does it make any sense ? = E

2. The greatest poet of the nineteenth century, ........................Emily Dickinson's writings : the greatest poet was Emily's writings = Does it make any sense ? = E

2nd Split : Consider X Y = Correct idiom

3. ........considered by many as the greatest of the nineteenth century poets................. : Eliminated

3rd split : Simple Past vs perfect

4. Emily Dickinson.................. had attempted in her writings : mainly used when there is a sequence of events in the Past, no such thing = Eliminated

5. Emily Dickinson...................attempted in her writings

Leading to 5/E , my take

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E has the correct idiom for considered
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The answer is E.
Correct placement of modifiers.
Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, attempted in her writings to capture the pain of love in a whimsical manner at odds with the stringent religious mores of the day.
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My first attempt I got it as C, but 'considered as' is not the right idiom. The correct answer is E.


The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts to capture the pain of love in a whimsical manner at odds with the stringent religious mores of the day.

A. The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts - the greatest poet referring to writings
B. Considered by many to be the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson's writings were attempts - same error as A. Also noun in possessive case (Emily Dickinson's) cannot be good antecedent
C. Emily Dickinson, who is considered by many as the greatest of the nineteenth century poets, attempted in her writings - considered as is not the right idiom
D. Considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson had attempted in her writings - unnecessary past perfect
E. Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, attempted in her writings - Correct usage of considered

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The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts to capture the pain of love in a whimsical manner at odds with the stringent religious mores of the day.


1. The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts
Writings are not poets. Bad modifier in red.

2. Considered by many to be the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson's writings were attempts
Writings are not poets. Bad modifier in red.

3. Emily Dickinson, who is considered by many as the greatest of the nineteenth century poets, attempted in her writings
"who is" is superfluous, also "considered as" should be "considered to be" (idiom)

4. Considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, Emily Dickinson had attempted in her writings
Bad use of past perfect. This tense needs some other action to interrupt it.

5. Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, attempted in her writings

CORRECT. Participial phrase starting with "considered" correctly modifies Emily Dickinson and not her writings, and the simple verb tense is correct here.
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Why not A??
The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts :

here "considered"can logically modify only emily dickinson (placed close to the noun as well) and not the writings. so i dont see any ambiguity.
also consider X, Y idiom is correctly used in A.
If A is wrong then what is the wrong in it??

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Why not A??
The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts :

here "considered"can logically modify only emily dickinson (placed close to the noun as well) and not the writings. so i dont see any ambiguity.
also consider X, Y idiom is correctly used in A.
If A is wrong then what is the wrong in it??


Let me try -

The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century,..................

Eliminate the " of " to find the subject of the sentence , can you consider writings as the greatest poet of the nineteenth century ? No you can never do so...

Whereas consider option (E)

Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, attempted in her writings to capture the pain of love in a whimsical manner at odds with the stringent religious mores of the day.

Makes sense....

Look further the modifier issue -

Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century,........

Makes sense.... No modifier issue..

Hence this is correct grammatically and conveys the correct meaning..

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deepak268 wrote:
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Why not A??
The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, were attempts :

here "considered"can logically modify only emily dickinson (placed close to the noun as well) and not the writings. so i dont see any ambiguity.
also consider X, Y idiom is correctly used in A.
If A is wrong then what is the wrong in it??


Let me try -

The writings of Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century,..................

Eliminate the " of " to find the subject of the sentence , can you consider writings as the greatest poet of the nineteenth century ? No you can never do so...

Whereas consider option (E)

Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century, attempted in her writings to capture the pain of love in a whimsical manner at odds with the stringent religious mores of the day.

Makes sense....

Look further the modifier issue -

Emily Dickinson, considered by many the greatest poet of the nineteenth century,........

Makes sense.... No modifier issue..

Hence this is correct grammatically and conveys the correct meaning..

Hope this helps !!

Thanks Abhishek for the reply.
I do understand the point you made.
But verb'ed modifier, which is a noun modifier ,modifies the noun or the noun phrase . usually noun modifers are placed close to the noun and sometimes it even modifies far away noun given few conditions.
So in this example verb'ed modifier is placed close to the noun 'emily Dickinson' so here no issue of it modifying a little far away noun arises.
I think( I am not sure about this) if verb'ed modifier is followed by comma (as in this case) it modifies only the main subject and not anything else. So then I would believe option C is wrong.
What do you think?

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