Tennyson's "Not!"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 8 00:01:17 UTC 2009

"The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1854)  says,

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
   Someone had blundered.

Except for the exclamatory stress, does T's grammar differ from the current
interjectional use of "Not!"?

Is this the long-sought missing link between culture and unculture?  The
veritable Holy Grail and smoking gun of "Not!" studies?


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