In analysing the syllogism, he first says that a premiss is an affirmative or negative sentence, and then that a term is that into which a premiss is dissolved, i.e.
In the syllogism " Every man is mortal and Socrates is a man," if in the minor premiss the copula " is " were not disengaged from the predicate " man," there would not be one middle term " man " in the two premisses.
I start from the premiss that subjectivity always precedes objectivity.
The crucial premiss of this argument is thus that sameness of truth-conditions entails sameness of ontological commitment.
In the first stanza, Gunn briefly introduces the general premiss of the poem, which is fully developed in the fourth stanza.