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Examine the challenging of societal values in Sonnet 22 from Sonnets from the Portuguese?

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The original question had to be edited down.  I would suggest that one particular societal value that is seen in Sonnet 22 is the notion that men and women could not stand equal to one another.  In Sonnet 22, the speaker makes it clear that men and women can find equal footing, standing with one another in a paradigm of equality.  Consider the opening of the poem as an example of this.  The idea of both souls standing "erect and strong" helps to convey the notion of...

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