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by William Shakespeare

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How might one interpret Shakespeare's Sonnet 139, "O! call not me to justify the wrong"?

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This sonnet is addressed to the beloved of the speaker, and contains his plea that she should not use her beauty and her "arts" to punish and inflict pain upon him. Clearly the poem depicts a relationship where the speaker is suffering as a result of the fickle and capricious favours of his mistress, who almost seems to rejoice in taunting and hurting him. Consider the following quote:

Tell me thou lovest elsewhere, but in my sight,
Dear heart, forbear to...

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