What is this {compound noun}, and is it grammatically correct?


I am in the process of writing a literary work and for some reason I seem to remain "unglued" about these two words used in this way...


It starts....{in quotes}

Bespoken by the wordsmith’s prose, the “Journal of Michael”...

Now, my understanding is “Bespoken” is the past participle of Bespeaks…meaning that which follows in the “Journal of Michael” belongs to “Bespoken”.


I get this “The word ‘prose’ may not agree with the rest of the sentence” when I check it.


My understanding is by definition a wordsmith is of smithery being a “skilled user of words”, and as such a noun, and “prose” being an adjective describing what the wordsmith is doing-ordinary writing. Or, is it a compound noun, so I remain confused.


If you reply please explain this as clearly as I have, so I may understand if I am being a clever user of these words correctly strung, or I am just grammatically incorrect, and therefore needs a rethink, because, simply put; I like the string as it is.


:-) Michael

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As Patty wrote, this is grammatically correct.  You are confused about 'prose' being an adjective.  Your use is as a noun.

link answered Jan 29 '14 at 14:47 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Hi Lewis,

Thank you! This does raise another small question...

Then I assume "wordsmith's prose" together are logically correct? Is there a proper name for these strung as they are?

Thank You, :-) Mike

MichaelFeb 02 '14 at 00:56

So the checked statement “The word ‘prose’ may not agree with the rest of the sentence” is in my case entirely incorrect. Meaning my creative string of these words is by all means , correct - YES?

MichaelFeb 02 '14 at 01:05

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Grammatically, it is fine. I assume that you understand the "bespoken” is somewhat archaic.

link answered Jan 29 '14 at 12:48 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you Patty, it is archaic; and designed as such to draw the reader lingually. So here I assume "Bespoken" is used correctly as well, as it relates to the content of "The Journal" - YES?

The idea here was to 1) draw the reader lingually into an older way of thinking from a far away Isle, and 2) to begin to speak about the content of the property - The Journal.

Thanks Again, :-) Mike

MichaelFeb 02 '14 at 00:52

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