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This accentuates the parallelism between the subject and the complement, and suggests that there is a link between expence of Spirit and lust on the one hand and between in a waste of shame and in action on the other. The second clause of this opening sentence has lust as its subject, a simple noun group with only a noun as head in it. But the complement is far longer, running as it does for almost six lines (3-8). It is helpful to quote this complement in full before it is subjected to analysis: periurd, murdrous, blouddy full of blame, Sauage, extreame, rude, cruell, not to trust, Inioyd no sooner but dispised straight, Past reason hunted, and no sooner had Group Structure: The Noun Group 27 Past reason hated as a swollowed bayt, On purpose layd to make the taker mad.

However, the second clause contains a final qualifier which is itself a rank-shifted 38 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LANGUAGE OF LITERATURE clause with the predicator leads. In other words in this sonnet there are five verb groups, each of which consists of a single word and that word is in its tum a form of the third person singular of the present tense. The force of the verbs comes from the similarity of structure which they share, and this contrasts with the variety and elaboration of the noun groups.

After it there is a second qualifier which goes from the first to the second semi-colon. This qualifier is in apposition to the head fruits, and indeed is formed in much the same way as the first part of the noun group, since it consists of a determiner the, modifier poor, head production, and a qualifier which consists of an elaborate prepositional phrase. The qualifiers in these two noun groups have much in common; they have similar structures and they both expand on the poverty of a literary offering which has been put together in the time that has been snatched from other, weightier occupation.

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