Interested in Language
Hi, I'm attempting some poetry writing and I'm wondering if the following sentence is correct:
"It's hard to conceive of a feeling so profound and deep."
I'm trying to say that it's difficult to grasp mentally, since it goes beyond imagination.
Would conceive be the correct word to express this?
I really like the way it sounds especially in the context of the rhyme and meter.
Also, is there a difference between "conceive sth." and "conceive of sth."?
E.g. could I also say "conceive a feeling" in the above sentence?
Last edited by haiduc; 24-Jan-2012 at 10:11.
Many thanks for your reply!
So if I want to say that the person conceiving is also the one who's feeling - which I want in this case - I'd need to omit the 'of'.
Does 'conceive a feeling' also have the meaning of 'mentally grasp' or does it always mean 'begin to have'?
I want to say that the person is overwhelmed by the feeling and is thus having difficulty to understand or imagine it mentally.
I feel the ground shifting under my feet! I don't really like 'conceive of a feeling', and 'conceive a feeling' - if it means anything - doesn't mean what you want it to mean. Let's make it more concrete by specifying an emotion: I can say 'You can't conceive of how angry I am', but I can't think what it would mean if I said 'I can't conceive of how angry I am' - I'm feeling it; if it's overwhelming, I know it's an overwhelming feeling.
But stick with the 'of' - you prefer the sound, and it means what it means in the context.
Last edited by BobK; 26-Jan-2012 at 13:44. Reason: Clarify
Thanks a lot Bob, that has been most helpful!
If it sounds weird after all I'll just refer to my artistic freedom