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Hello,

One more issue with 'double possessive', please comment.

Here is a poem written by Rita J. Fitzgerald:Dear Lover of Mine Who's On My Mind

One day I saw the heavens open up,
and there was the blood from Jesus.

The King of Kings, Who poured out his blood on my sinful soul.
And I asked Jesus "When will I be without pain?" Jesus said: "Soon little girl you will be without pain."
I looked at Jesus and He smiled as the lover of mine knows my soul.

Rita J. Fitzgerald
To date, I have had an impression that double possessive is used for an undefinitive entity that belongs to a set of entities being owned. For instance, a friend of mine means a friend among a set of my friends (article 'A' is used). So is the lover of mine wrong for using definitive article 'the' ?
I, myself, think it is okay to use 'the' to emphasize / amplify the sense of uniqueness. However, I have not seen many people use this type of construct at all. What is your take?
Thanks and Best Regards,
Hoa Thai
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Hi,

the lover of mine

This sounds a bit odd to me. Poets use what is called 'artistic licence'. They play with language more freely than we would in normal, everyday speech and prose. That's what makes poetry interesting and enjoyable.

Best wishes, Clive
Hi Hoa,

Well, usage of "the" is correct. There is only one lover, therefore, the lover of mine is correct, it's definitive..

Hope this helps.
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My dog sometimes escapes unnoticed from the house or the yard. It is then sometimes extremely difficult to find him before the police do.Emotion: surprise (Dogs are not permitted to run loose here, and our dog already has a "rap sheet".) When I go in search of him, a sentence of exasperation that sometimes escapes my lips is this:

Where in the world did that dog of mine go this time?

I knew you have always had the soul of a poet Yankee. Emotion: stick out tongue
Cf. the old English ballad 'Scarborough Fair', which (in a version taken down in 1891) contains the lines:


Is any of you going to Scarborough Fair?
Remember me to a lad as lives there,
Remember me to a lad as lives there,
For once he was a true lover of mine.
Here, "once he was a lover of mine" means "once he was my lover".

MrP
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Clivethe lover of mine

This sounds a bit odd to me. Poets use what is called 'artistic licence'. They play with language more freely than we would in normal, everyday speech and prose. That's what makes poetry interesting and enjoyable.
Hi Clive

I agree. The lover of mine is incorrect. I remember a similar expression from the early sixties. An English singer called Cliff Richard sang: Darling then we'll teach the young ones of our own. We don't normally say, even in Helsinki English: I have the car of my own.Emotion: smile

Cheers
CB