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Wordplay in Solitude

Wordplay Examples in Solitude:

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"do not need your woe..."   (Text of the Poem)

Wilcox may be using “woe” for its archaic connotation, the pun that “woman is a woe to man.” The fact that Wilcox is a woman and that “they” refers to “men” suggests that this stanza may be a subtle account of relationships between men and women. In other words, men want pleasure from women, but none of their woes.

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