Consider this piece of a poem:

Crouched at the elder's feet, the knight

Now kissed his hand in exultation.

The world before his eyes turned bright,

Forgot his spirit's sore vexation.

Is this usage of the word "now" correct? Is there a name for this usage?

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    Just a note, poems are known for stretching the limits of what is "correct". So don't expect that they always make perfect grammatical sense. Sep 21, 2011 at 19:35
  • @ Mr. Shiny and New that was the reason for my question
    – Anixx
    Sep 24, 2011 at 2:01

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Yes, it is correct. Now can mean "At this point in the series of events; then" (definition 4 here).

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