Sara Trevisan wrote:
> M A K Halliday would say Keats' clause is a relational process --
> precisely, an intensive process of the identifying type. We cannot
> tell which is the token and which is the value, which is the
> identifier and which is the identified, whether the clause is active
> or passive.So, is it Truth which is Beauty, or Beauty which is Truth?
> Keats switched them round in the second half of the line. But still,
> strictly grammatically speaking, both Truth and Beauty could equally
> be the subject in each case. None the less, I love that line. It's one
> of the most beautiful thoughts ever put into words. And it's highly
> evocative just because it's vague. Giacomo Leopardi (an Italian poet
> who lived in the first decades of XIX century) wrote that "vague and
> indefinite expressions are the most poetic ones." Sara
He uses both zeugma and chiasmus -- two lovely figures.