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Now, what does this mean? The Mayflower and its passengers disappeared centuries ago. TOPICS FOR CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING 1. qxd 5/16/08 11:58 AM Page 7 What Is Literature? ” Some readers take Frost to be saying that the long-deceased passengers of the Mayflower still dream of others following them. Other readers, however, interpret the line as saying that later immigrants dream of the Mayflower. Now, this paraphrase, even if accurate, makes an assertion that is not strictly true, since many later immigrants probably had never even heard of the Mayflower.

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