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Sonnet CLII (152)

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In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn,
But thou art twice forsworn, to me love swearing;
In act thy bed-vow broke, and new faith torn,
In vowing new hate after new love bearing:
But why of two oaths' breach do I accuse thee,
When I break twenty? I am perjured most;
For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee,
And all my honest faith in thee is lost:
For I have sworn deep oaths of thy deep kindness,
Oaths of thy love, thy truth, thy constancy;
And, to enlighten thee, gave eyes to blindness,
Or made them swear against the thing they see;
For I have sworn thee fair; more perjured eye,
To swear against the truth so foul a lie!

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Avery P (Oct 15 2020 12:54PM) : He knows that she can't love him
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C F
(Oct 15 2020 3:44PM) : A bit of backstory might help: Shakespeare was married to Anne Hathaway. There are multiple legends, one of which is that a number of his sonnets are written to his married mistress. This is allegedly one of those sonnets to his mistress. While many more

of his sonnets are playful, flirtatious, and loving, this is NOT one of those sonnets.

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Brooke H (Oct 15 2020 11:24AM) : the diction of forsworn implies that he can do without her and she knows he can do without her ("thou know'st")
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C F
(Oct 15 2020 3:35PM) : Or to "swear falsely" = lie
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Olivia B (Oct 15 2020 12:48PM) : He knows he will be shunned (forsworn) for his relationship
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Aaron H (Oct 15 2020 1:44PM) : He is calling himself forsworn because he is an adulterer.
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Avery P (Oct 15 2020 12:55PM) : having an affair
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Gracie W (Oct 18 2020 12:06AM) : Immediately targets the mistress by saying she is "twice forsworn" or twice as guilty as he for their actions
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Montana P (Oct 15 2020 10:36AM) : He is having relations with a married woman.
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Olivia B (Oct 15 2020 12:50PM) : He is engaging in adultery
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Ava M (Oct 15 2020 3:44PM) : He is sleeping with a married person, breaking their vows and the trust between the couple.
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Kayla G (Oct 15 2020 1:34PM) : He now hates his mistress after the love they had
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Bradley W (Oct 15 2020 2:01PM) : He blames the whole mishap on his mistress
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Kaelynn S (Oct 15 2020 2:26PM) : He hates his mistress for having relations with him
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C F
(Oct 15 2020 3:45PM) : Good, KK! Isn't this a bit ironic? He hates her for loving him and breaking her vows to her husband. BUT HE'S DOING THE SAME THING!
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Olivia B (Oct 15 2020 12:51PM) : He is judging his mistress, but he questions his own actions. He is in the wrong as well
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C F
(Oct 15 2020 3:45PM) : Yes!
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Ava M (Oct 15 2020 3:48PM) : In the line before he is blaming/hating on the mistress, but here it shows that he does take some responsibility and feels guilty
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Gracie W (Oct 18 2020 12:01AM) : By "two oath's breach" he means they both failed to promise their love only to their spouse
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Avery P (Oct 15 2020 12:57PM) : He's still shaming her even though he knows he's worse
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Brooke H (Oct 15 2020 11:29AM) : perjured definition: involving willfully told untruths. So he is admitting that he lies and he is the most guilty of these lies
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Bradley W (Oct 15 2020 2:03PM) : He knows he is the problem yet still projects the blame and hate all on her
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Gracie W (Oct 18 2020 12:09AM) : He is willfully lying against the "law" of his marriage
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Montana P (Oct 15 2020 10:38AM) : It sounds like he is saying he's using her
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Kaelynn S (Oct 15 2020 2:30PM) : That he made promises but still used her
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Brooke H (Oct 15 2020 11:28AM) : He is almost blaming her and accusing her but he too, is in the wrong- perjured
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Avery P (Oct 15 2020 12:58PM) : He can't trust her anymore
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Bradley W (Oct 15 2020 2:04PM) : Sounds like he can't trust anyone. not even himself
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Ava M (Oct 15 2020 3:50PM) : He lost faith in both himself and the mistress.
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Megan J (Oct 17 2020 12:57PM) : he states he has sworn deep oaths all out of his "deep kindness". The repeated use of deep is his attempt of creating a strong connection to his mistress but is intensely ironic as followed in line 11 because he has no deep connection and no faithfulness
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Ava M (Oct 15 2020 3:52PM) : constancy definition:the quality of being faithful and dependable.
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C F
(Oct 16 2020 2:23PM) : Yes. Lots of irony here in these lines. Bitter irony.
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Gracie W (Oct 18 2020 12:12AM) : These are all the oaths he has broken- yet he hates and blames the mistress even more
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Montana P (Oct 15 2020 10:39AM) : He has ignored the things that would make her ugly, whether inside or out.
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Avery P (Oct 15 2020 12:58PM) : What she has done has shown him the things about her that he couldn't see before
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Bradley W (Oct 15 2020 2:14PM) : His love for her is what blinded him and made him act foolishly
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Olivia B (Oct 15 2020 12:58PM) : Admitting he is wrong or that he acknowledges his lies were wrongful.
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Megan J (Oct 17 2020 12:56PM) : he states he has sworn deep oaths all out of his "deep kindness". The repeated use of deep is his attempt of creating a strong connection to his mistress but is intensely ironic as followed in line 11 because he has no deep connection and no faithfulness
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Megan J (Oct 17 2020 1:04PM) : only point in sonnet where he uses an exclamation point. This makes the ending stand out and portrays a great deal of passion and turmoil he feels
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Gracie W (Oct 18 2020 12:25AM) : Once again he attacks the woman for her lies but subconsciously may be ridiculing his own broken vows.

DMU Timestamp: August 14, 2020 20:51

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Olivia B (Oct 15 2020 12:56PM) : The diction he uses, forsworn/sworn is used 4 times, and oaths is used 4 times as well. He is defending his love, even if he has broken vows and has lied.
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Kayla G (Oct 15 2020 1:31PM) : Has a rhyme scheme of abab bcbc cdcd ee
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C F
(Oct 15 2020 3:38PM) : Spenserian
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