[LMB] OT: How Did You Learn to Read?
M. Haller Yamada
thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 18 00:50:08 BST 2017
From: John Lennard
Then again, lots of words are much more polysemic than one supposes. Ben
Jonson has a poem that begins "Some act of love's bound to rehearse", and
when I looked up 'bound' I decided about 23 of the listed senses were
Micki: I help teach English as a foreign language, and yesterday, we wound up
working with about three different "s" -- plural s, apostrophe s indicating
possession, and third-person s after verbs. It's astonishing that the kids can
absorb all of that! We didn't even talk about apostrophe s indicating missing
(Example sentence: Riri's friend likes cats. It was a rare child who
got every "s" right, but this is their first year of formal English study.)
Anyway, with that background, I read the phrase as "love is bound" which has
about three meanings off the top of my head. (determined, going that way, tied
up) But when I read it as "bound of love" then my head exploded. The rhythm is
different when you read bound as a verb rather than a noun, and I think the verb-
form sounds more rhythmical, but the sense is less beautiful in my eyes.
Jonson was one of those guys who liked to mess with the reader's head, wasn't he?
Spoken, I'm sure a few of the meanings become clearer, but written -- oh wow man.
Like a kaleidoscope.
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