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In William Shakespeares sonnet number one hundred and forty-nine there is a very clear case of unrequited love In a somber tone he outlines the ways in which he selflessly served his beloved only to be cruelly rejected His confusion about the relationship is apparent as he reflects upon his behavior and feelings towards her This poem appears to be written to bring closure to the relationship but it could be argued that this poem is one final effort to win her affection The first twelve lines of the poem are a questions proposed by the poet to his beloved The theme of these questions all lead back to his absolute commitment to her The questions show a pattern of pathetic and blind devotion that is both sad and disheartening to the poet Canst thou O cruel say I love thee not When I against myself with thee partake In these two lines Shakespeare is asking is she can deny his love for her when she knows that aganist his better judgment he always he takes her side In doing this he gives her total control over him On the other hand he is calling her O cruel which indicates that he may now see through her uncaring ways Similarly he goes on to ask herDo I not think on thee when I forgot Am of myself all tyrant for thy sake This question can be paraphrased to mean Am I not thinking of you when I forget myself for your sake tyrant as you areRowse 309 Here again he asks her if she can deny his devotion even though she has acted terribly The fact that the poet can now see that she is treating him poorly and cruelly indicates progress from where he claims to have been in the past The poets level of devotion increases with the next line of questioning which confronts his willingness to shun those whom she finds displeasing
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