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what does " took up opium "mean? it is not a real action, isn't it?

Orphee marked an important date in the life of Cocteau, for it was now that he took up opium and grew ever-more confident in the magical power of words. It was also during this period that the poet reconciled with Igor Stravinsky.

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    It means he started regularly using opium.


    IS IT not isn't it.

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