Wayne Booth on a complicated pronoun

Wayne Booth on appealing to the authority of “WE” CON: Against the use of “WE” Something is wrong in these confident “we’s,” something worse than a mere stylistic tic. I am shocked at the confidence my younger self sometimes shows in reporting how “we” respond. Who are we, here? “We” flesh-and-blood readers are unpredictable, and […]

Hardy’s Oxen

The Oxen by Thomas Hardy (1915) Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.  /  “Now they are all on their knees,”  /  An elder said as we sat in a flock  /  By the embers in hearthside ease. We pictured the meek mild creatures where  /  They dwelt in their strawy pen,  /  Nor did […]