Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive


Senior Member

I do not understand how this sentence is put together: "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be monied was very heaven." Why not "Bliss was in that dawn to be alive," without the "it"?

It's from Stephen Fry's The Fry Chronicles. He talks about his love of Mac computers in their early days, and how he could afford them because he was getting money for Me and My Girl.

Thank you!
  • Bevj

    Allegra Moderata (Sp/Eng, Cat)
    English (U.K.)
    It's a rather poetic way of saying 'It was bliss to be alive in that dawn'.
    So yes, the 'it' is necessary.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    There are many ways to rearrange the word order - another example:

    In that dawn, it was bliss to be alive.


    Senior Member
    Thank you so much, Bevj, etb, and Biffo! I see now how the construction works. I also remember Wordsworth's poem now (but wouldn't have without etb's help).
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