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    I read these line in a poem!!

    Hello Teachers,
    I was going through a poem (or Sonnet, for the difference is not known to me) and came across the following lines:

    A wise old man was he;
    lay down to rest his soul.

    The pronoun (he)used here seems incorrect. Is it so?

    Selfish was he, and the heart within
    for all the world's sorrow it cached.

    Is all the world the correct usage?

    Please help me with these problems.

    Thank You

    S

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    Re: I read these line in a poem!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    Hello Teachers,
    I was going through a poem (or Sonnet, for the difference is not known to me) and came across the following lines:

    A wise old man was he;
    lay down to rest his soul.

    The pronoun (he)used here seems incorrect. Is it so?

    Selfish was he, and the heart within
    for all the world's sorrow it cached.

    Is all the world the correct usage?

    Please help me with these problems.

    Thank You

    S
    A sonnet is a kind of poem (so a sonnet is always a poem, but some poems are not sonnets).

    The inversions 'A wise old man was he' and 'Selfish was he' are not wrong; they are poetic. I don't think this sort of writing is the best place to start if you're learning English!

    b

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