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In Moby-dick, a phrase goes,

up from yonder cottage goes a sleepy smoke.

  1. What does it mean?
  2. "cottage" is used without an article and "smoke" with one. How is any meaning changed from their original sense? (what is cottage without a?)
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    If you replaced "yonder" with "that" would you use an article?
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 5 at 18:20
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    What does what mean? Is there a word that you don't understand? Or don't you understand the inflections used in some of those words? Or do you not understand the syntax of how they fit together?
    – tchrist
    Aug 5 at 19:20

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up from yonder cottage goes a sleepy smoke.

What does it mean?

A column of smoke is rising slowly from the chimney of that cottage, over there.

"cottage" is used without an article

Yonder cottage means: that cottage, over there.

and "smoke" with one.

Here, a sleepy smoke conveys: a slowly rising column of smoke.

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