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Read the following poem carefully before you choose your answers.

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     Against that time (if ever that time come)

When I shall see thee frown on my defects,

When as thy love hath cast his utmost sum,

Called to that audit by advised respects—

Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass,

And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye,

When love, converted from the thing it was,

Shall reasons find of settled gravity

Against that time do I ensconce me here

Within the knowledge of mine own desert,

And this my hand against myself uprear,

To guard the lawful reasons on thy part.

To leave poor me thou has the strength of laws,

Since why to love I can allege no cause.
(1609)

Yes

Select an Answer

The speaker of the poem is addressing

an unspecified general audience

Correct Answer: 
No

a friend of the speaker's beloved

Correct Answer: 
No

a lover

Correct Answer: 
Yes

a former lover

Correct Answer: 
No

a legal adviser

Correct Answer: 
No

Choice C is correct. The person being addressed in the poem is presented as loving and being loved by the speaker.

Question Difficulty: 
medium