Can I use something like "I write of love, I write of hate. I write of destiny and fate." instead of "I write about love, I write about hate. I write about destiny and fate."? Do they mean the same?

PS: It's not "off", it's "of".

The context is:

I write of love, I write of hate.
I write of destiny and fate.
I write of happiness, I write of pain.
I write all this in disdain..

  • "Write of love"?!! What's the background, why would you want to write it anyway?
    – Fr0zenFyr
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 12:56

3 Answers 3


of preposition
7 indicating the relationship between a verb and an indirect object [ODO]

Of can mean about if you write of something, or talk of it:

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.”

Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll

  • Some of LC's characters have non-standard views on usage. Though I think the Walrus's grammar is acceptable. Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 17:04

Yes, you could, especially in poetry as your example sounds like it.

  • Please check my edit... Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 13:04
  • Yes, they do mean the same as my link pointed out :)
    – Vilmar
    Commented Dec 19, 2013 at 14:55

Among the many meanings of the preposition of is this

about; concerning: speak to me of love

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