I know the phrase "and I you" can be perfectly acceptable grammatically, but I'm writing a poem and am wanting to use "and I them" but I'm not sure if it's correct.

For example, if someone said "They loved you", would an appropriate response be "and I them"?

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    I see no reason why not. You have a lot of license to do as you please in a poem, and even in prose, this phrase would be OK. – ab2 Feb 12 at 0:52
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    Yes, it's fine. In grammar, the construction is called "gapping". – Greg Lee Feb 12 at 1:06
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    The thing about poetry (in my opinion) is that grammatical structure and correctness should never be an impediment to expression. If your choice of words express your meaning, then that's what matters. – John Go-Soco Feb 12 at 8:25
  • "and I you" can be perfectly acceptable grammatically -- Huh? – Kris Feb 12 at 9:28
  • You better give a comma its rightful place between the pronouns. – Kris Feb 12 at 9:29

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