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A single word can have a vast usage:
Depending on context the meanings change,
Which tone can counter balance or manage;
Rendition can impart a different range.

So let us for example pick up “shake”,
And see its various uses and conclude
That one can many things with it make,
A friendly gesture or a gesture rude.

So talk of frenzied dancers, shaking free,
With rhythmic undulations of the flesh,
Or talk of shaking heads, shaking trees,
See criminals shake, with fear, makes a wish.

Or talk of tremulous lovers, hand in hand,
Who tossed by roaring passion shaking stand.

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