It is to the poor that I turn for musical greatness

tcom

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello.
It is to the poor that I turn for musical greatness.
I can't understand grammar of this sentence. What does turn (for) mean?
Context: Czech composer Antonin Dvorak was very impressed by Negro spirituals and sent this letter to the New York Herald in 1893.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • tcom

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Thank you for your reply:)
    I'd like further grammatical explanation.
    I'm confused with structure of the sentence.
     

    aasheq

    Senior Member
    English (Estuary)
    The simplest way to say this is: "I turn to the poor for musical greatness."

    "It is to the poor..." is an inversion, highlighting "the poor".

    You could also say: "It is the poor that I turn to for musical greatness".
     
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