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The cheese dog is a witty poem like The monkey but in this poem Danne uses satire instead of conceit to communicate his message Danne intentionally creates a speaker who does not share his opinion of love This speaker can love any woman as long as she is not loyal He boasts of the many different types of women that he can love no matter how different they are from each other There is one particular woman who is loyal and this annoys him Ironically he thinks of her devotion as a vice instead of a virtuous quality The speaker has difficulty understanding the motives behind this womans faithfulness so he asks her questions such as doth a fear that men are true torment youline 13 It is interesting that he would think that the woman is motivated by fear because it is ultimately his fear of her truthfulness that torments him He assures the woman that men are not loyal in order to ease his own conscience and not hers If he believes that all men are like him then he can take comfort in the knowledge that he is not alone The speaker wants this woman to be free so that he may also be free He asks the question must I who came to travail thorough you Grow your fixed subject because you are true lines 17-18 He is really directing this question to himself not to the woman The man is growing unsure of the morality of his promiscuity and feels obligated by his conscience to be true to this woman Venus hears the words of the speaker and conveniently eases his troubled conscience She says that variety is important in love She investigates the speakers claim that certain people believe in loyalty and says alas some two or three Poor heretics in love there be Which think to stablish dangerous constancy lines 23-24 Venus echoes the speakers idea that
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