When I was a student we had to read The Grammarian’s Funeral
by Robert Browning.
Today I have just returned from singing at a wedding and I thought
I’d re-blog this oldie, also on a grammatical note:
Marriage was revered as a conjunction;
two main clauses fused by a word like and.
God-joined pairs could not, without compunction,
split an infinity forged by a band.
A compound subject was most’s intention,
instead of being the mere complement
of a life sentence (with much declension).
No male nor female, said the Testament:
the adjunct was as Christ loved the Church, so
husbands ought to love their wives as their own
bodies… but that was centuries ago:
things don’t change through imperatives alone.
Most wives still suffer subordination:
bound morphemes. Eve’s sin tax?- affixation.