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29 Nov 2021

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What does "rent" in the piece below (rent the jutting crag asunder) mean?

Then up started Hiawatha,
And with threatening look and gesture
Laid his hand upon the black rock.
On the fatal Wawbeek laid it.
With his mittens, Minjekahwun,
Rent the jutting crag asunder.
Smote and crushed it into fragments.
Hurled them madly at his father,
The remorseful Mudjekeewis,
For his heart was hot within him,
Like a living coal his heart was.
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