My friend is writing a poem and I am reviewing it. It is based on Greek Mythology and this is one stanza of the poem:
Upon Zeus the burden of the decision fell,
And he felt his lightning bolt quiver in his hands,
For he would not let the apple of Eris sell,
But give to the most deserved in all of heaven and lands.
My friend claims that the bold phrase (bold for reference here) is a typical Homer style and so should be allowed.
However, I am of the view that the phrase "let the apple ... sell" implies that the apple is selling something, which is contrary to the logical observation that only humans (or animals?) can sell/buy things. The correct phrase would be "let the apple ... be sold".
Which observation is correct? And why?