Lindsey: There are, of course, many poets with cheerful dispositions; however, those I have met have much more often ...

on March 16 at 05:24PM

Answer D?

Hi! I understand that E is correct, but why is D not also correct?

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on March 16 at 09:46PM

Hello @TimB,

Notice that there is a causal relationship given in the conclusion. Not only are there many melancholy poets. The author concludes that writing poetry causes melancholy. The sentence in question, "As everyone knows, an activity as profound and engrossing as writing poetry can be depressing" is meant simply to support this conclusion.

You seem to understand this reasoning, so I'll explain why D is incorrect. First, I am not able to identify a claim "within the conclusion." I can only see the conclusion itself. When you choose an answer choice, you should always be able to identify the pieces within it. Also, I would not describe that last sentence as a clarification. It doesn't explain something that was previously unclear, nor does it provide another condition. It is only meant to support the conclusion.