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'The loafer lagged along and asked,

"Do you make guitars here?

Do you make boxes the singing wood winds ask to sleep in?

Do you rig up strings the singing wood winds sift over and sing low?"

The answer: "We manufacture musical instruments here."'

(The Sins of Kalamazoo, Carl Sandburg)

Please help me to understand the two blue lines of the poem.

Cadzao
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Is the original wood winds or woodwinds.

Woodwind is a category of musical instrument, for example clarinet and oboe.
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'The loafer lagged along and asked,

Where is the loafer? From what I know of Sandburg, this could all be a setting in the woods, with many figurative images. (I'll look for the poem.)
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Cadzao
'The loafer lagged along and asked,

"Do you make guitars here?

Do you make boxes the singing wood winds ask to sleep in?

Do you rig up strings the singing wood winds sift over and sing low?"

The answer: "We manufacture musical instruments here."'

(The Sins of Kalamazoo, Carl Sandburg)

Please help me to understand the two blue lines of the poem.

Cadzao

Do you make boxes the singing wood winds ask to sleep in? -- figurative speech

do you make nice boxes in which wood-wind musical instruments would "enjoy" themselves?
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