When Milton writes

'Him who disobeys me disobeys'

he is, quite simply, doing wrong to his mother tongue. He meant

'Who disobeys him, disobeys me.'


It is perfectly easy to understand WHY he did it, but his reasons prove that Shakespeare and several dozen other men were better poets. Milton did it because he was chock a block with Latin. He had studied his English not as a living language, but as something subject to theories.

Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading, 1951