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Old 08-16-2018, 01:09 PM
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Just to clarify my problem with "despite": I'm not sure exactly how to explain it, but it reads like a double negative with "only" in the next line - only with limitations instead of negation. "Despite X, we can only do Y" to me implies that X is something that ought to encourage Y, but doesn't quite manage it. For instance: despite being on vacation, I can only check my email once a day. But the way it is in the poem, it would be like: despite the heavy demands on my time, I can only check my email once a day.

The "despite" does bother me a bit as well. A correct usage would be "Despite the heavy demands on his time, he managed to check his email once a day." The "only" is the problem.

"we do what only we can only do" might work.
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