This was the original brain teaser.
Name a Bob Dylan song with at least some lyrics written from first, second, and third person perspective.
"at least some
lyrics written from first, second, and third person perspective" means (to me) at least some sentences in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person.
Declarative versus imperative is another matter. The line "you ought to take pity on yourself" is a little tricky because of the word ought. You need to keep in mind, a declarative sentence makes a statement, and a statement is something that is either true or false. Whereas an imperative sentence issues a command (or request), and a command is not true or false, it is obeyed or not obeyed. Generally a command does not contain the word you, but you is what they call the assumed subject. It seems to me the line in question is a declarative because it is in the form of a statement, not a command. But either way, it is second person.
So therefore and most importantly, Bob has met written a verse that has met the test.
I'll go even farther. That was the first song I looked at. So I'd bet that Bob has met the test in more than one song.
The key is certainly what is meant by perspective
- if I say "I love you carnap. It's obvious. You love me. We are in love", then I would argue that the perspective hasn't changed - it's a first person narrative, even if in the second sentence "you" is the subject. Commands actually often contain "you", and in this case it's used because there is no assumed subject - it's clearly a command because you could obey or disobey it. I have to say, Trev does find this whole subject quite fascinating, precisely because Dylan does shift perspective in songs, and that can't be judged just by the change in the subject of the sentence - "You took a part of me" is clearly in first person perspective to me, but carnap would argue it was in second person perspective, because "you" is the subject - which seems wrong to me. But shifts in perspective are interesting, even if some of the grammatical niceties aren't. I'm enjoying this, and I hope carnap is too, even if I think he's wrong! It's quite insightful into the way language reflects and structures reality.