O! call not me to justify the wrong
Tormented by the lady’s ability to flirt with her eyes, the poet asks for pity. He would rather die by the power of her glances than suffer her eyes roving to others. Students can examine this notion more closely through the practical activities in the workbook that look at rhyme, meter, story and imagery. There are also questions to be answered that conveniently come with a teacher answer sheet. The reading of the sonnet also facilitates a deeper understanding.