Student or Learner
Sometimes I have trouble telling the meaning or nuance of a sentence that includes a 'preposition + oneself' phrase.
For instance, would someone explain the difference in meaning or nuance between the following two sentences?
1. The little tree aspired to give of itself.
2. The little tree aspired to give itself.
If someone gives oneself, I would think they are committing suicide. However to give of oneself is a sacrifice less than death.