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I'm writing a poem. Does this sentence make sense?

"That song I have not yet of heard."

In particular, is the word order correct?

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  • No, in fact, it doesn't but this is like a right/wrong question. You need to show some explanation of your own or research....:)
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 14:47
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    It would have to be ...not yet heard of, rather than ...of heard. But such "non-standard word order" utterances are essentially literary, and not really relevant to the needs of people learning English. If you want help writing poetry, you should probably post on SO writers, not here. Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 14:52
  • @FumbleFingers, I think the question is all right here. It's related to grammar more than poetry.
    – lee
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 15:06
  • poetry: That song I have not heard of yet. And this is something I might bet. You make your bed and sleep outside, so who am I to say you lie?
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 18:17

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There is the phrasal verb "hear of" and the words do have to be in that order (but see later) so you would need to say

That song I have not yet heard of

However "hearing of a song" is not the same as "hearing a song". So perhaps you mean

That song I have not yet heard.

Since the last part could be relative clause, you can phrase it using the formal:

That song of which I have not yet heard

Or it might be intended as "yodaised" version of

I have not yet heard [of] that song.

Of course, these might not fit the rhyme or meter of your poem. That I can't really help with.

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