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Autor:  mrob
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Data:  19/OUT/2005 6:24 PM
Assunto:  Pearl Jam lyrics

"were laid spread out before me
as her body once did"

I suppose this can only be explained as an example of
‘poetic licence’

As you have indicated, the writer would usually use a form of ‘be’ (in this case ‘was’) in this instance since, conventionally, to be laid out is a state not an action.

So you are right to note the unusual structure / usage

But I suppose the lyricist is playing with the language to extract / express more meaning

I’m not much good at exegesis of poetry so I can’t really offer any explanation beyond the ‘artistic freedom’ version


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Pearl Jam lyrics  –  Pedro Henrique  19/OUT/2005, 2:30 PM
Pearl Jam lyrics  –  paulo vidal  19/OUT/2005, 3:17 PM
 Pearl Jam lyrics  –  mrob  19/OUT/2005, 6:24 PM
Pearl Jam lyrics  –  Ana M  19/OUT/2005, 9:29 PM

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