I read the poem 'A Roadside Stand' by Robert Frost, and I saw this line (the line which is in bold letters below), and it doesn't seem to make sense grammatically (to me). Because I think that the line should be 'To try if it will make our being expand'.
So, the first thing I want to know is that is this line grammatically correct, from a true grammatical point of view?
Second, has the writer used 'not' in this line specifically in the poem for some specific purpose/reason?
I have also heard 'not' being used in an incorrect way in normal English conversations.
For eg - "I seriously do not know nothing about this".
I know this is definitely incorrect.
So,Has the writer also used "not" in the same kind of sense as this sentence?
The hurt to the scenery wouldn't be my complaint
So much as the trusting sorrow of what is unsaid:
Here far from the city we make our roadside stand
And ask for some city money to feel in the hand
To try if it will not make our being expand,