How hard would it have been to say some kinder words instead


  Robert Basil wrote @

I love that there are no pronouns in that line – such righteous care!

  Robert Basil wrote @

No *personal* pronouns, I should have written.

Anyhow, to my mind the line reflects both how and what I teach in class.

But then, too, there’s the ambiguity of the line: Is it a rhetorical question (perhaps not!)? Is it even a question at all, or rather is it an exclamation bemoaning the difficulty of achieving tenderness?

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