The child is ____of the man.
A: father B:a father C:the father D:fathers
This sentence sounds weird to me...
is this a saying or proverb..?
i choose C is it correct..?
The Child is the father of the Man.
The child is the father of the man
i've just found this......
"My Heart Leaps Up"
by: William Wordsworth
MY heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began,
So is it now I am a man,
So be it when I shall grow old
Or let me die!
The child is father of the man:
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.
Iambic tetrameter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , so "the" doesn't fit:The child/is fa/-ther to/the man).
If you're talking about current spoken English though - as opposed to what was written by a Romantic poet two centuries ago) - "the father" strikes me as better.
As to the of/to variation, perhaps this is an instance of Wordsworth's tendency to edit his early poems after he had become 'a pillar of the Establishment'.
532. Rainbow. William Wordsworth. The Oxford Book of English Verse
Say:The sentence sounds weird to me. Is it a saying or proverb? I chose C. Is it correct?In the original it is A, but when it is quoted (misquoted) C is often used.
Again, since the original omits "the", I would choose A.
Last edited by RonBee; 15-Jul-2007 at 15:29.
Wordsworth wrote much of his best poetry (at least that's what I think) when he was a young man, full of enthusiasm, even revolutionary zeal (his publication of Lyrical Ballads was a gesture of defiance to the poetical beliefs of the time, and he was a supporter of the French Revolution).
When he grew older he became less fiery and more careful. I believe he was Poet Laureate (check in Wikipedia) - a sort of official rhyme-writer, doing what the Monarch required. In religion too he 'toed the line' (became a conformist). Whereas in his youth he believed in a strange sort of personal spirituality, in later years he became a staunch Church of England Christian.
Usually the idiom 'pillar of the establishment' just means 'reliable supporter of the social and political status quo'; but I gave 'establishment' a capital E as a reference to the Established Church - the Church of England.
Last edited by BobK; 16-Jul-2007 at 00:25.