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    We never know the value of our own work, for we can be certain that few contemporaries will be read in a hundred years. To desire to write poems that endure, we undertake such a goal certain of two things: that in all likelihood we will fail and that if we succeed we will never know it.

    Question#1: What does 'such' in bold refer to? To write poems that endure'?

    Question#2: About 'certain of', is the sense subject, or the notional subject if you will, of 'certain of' 'we' (i.e. we undertake such a goal+we are certain of two things)?
    Last edited by Taka; 17-Oct-2011 at 06:54.

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    Re: certain

    'Such a goal' refers to the writing of poems that endure.

    It is 'we' who are certain

    I do not understand this:We never know the vale of our own work,

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    Re: certain

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    'Such a goal' refers to the writing of poems that endure.

    It is 'we' who are certain.
    Great! Just as I thought. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    'I do not understand this:[I]We never know the vale of our own work,
    Oops. Sorry, it's a typo (and you knew it was a typo, didn't you?). I've fixed it.

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    #4

    Re: certain

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    you knew it was a typo, didn't you?
    As the typo champion of this forum, I normally recognise a typo when somebody else makes one, but I really didn't spot that. I thought it was some pretentious attempt (the writer's, not yours) at presenting a deep idea.

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    #5

    Re: certain

    The text is about poems, so you may have been all the more confused. Sorry about that.

    (The 'typo champion' you are? Really? Anyway, I like that phrase)

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