Protective spell

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  1. granted correct modern english would be “its presence is” but in keeping with the archaic concept of a magic spell in a slight dialect “its presence be” is acceptable in poetry since it is an internal voice speaking in the poem rather than the poet using an absolute precision in modern language 🙂

    correct usage 🙂 is in the question of course the poem’s full sentence on two lines

    is “gentle though its presence be” which is a word re-order of “though its presence be gentle” ie: to be useful, to be gentle as different from is useful and is gentle

    such verb usage is now frowned upon in modern english but can be used in poetic english since poetry is not about the precision of language but instead about the emotion and expression of language (and I say that despite being a fan of Pound 🙂

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