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Re: Sonnet 116
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0410  Tuesday, 12 February 2002

From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Feb 2002 19:47:22 -0500
Subject: 13.0398 Re: Sonnet 116
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0398 Re: Sonnet 116

> There is no way that 'no man' could be an object in this sentence; it's
> the subject of the second main clause: " ..., nor no man ever loved." In
> fact, there is NO object in this clause, 'loved' being used as an
> intransitive verb, here. As I asked earlier: Where is the ambiguity if
> not in the use of 'writ' (abbreviation of 'written') as a past tense
> verb rather than its normal use as a past participle?
>
> Paul E. Doniger

The verb could be transitive with the subject I.  For that matter "ever"
could be read as either at one time or forever.

Clifford

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