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It's late at night, and something very peculiar is happening. From your room, you can hear cries of true misery! Someone is wailing and repeating "O' woe is me!" over, and over again, and it's starting to get quite annoying, so naturally you decide to follow the sounds, and, lo and behold, you find the King of Acting himself, sobbing outside the drama studio!

"What's wrong, your highness?", you ask, to which he responds by reciting a very strange and contemporary monologue of sorts, throwing the script at you:

Oh woe is me,
Two terms combined,
Those yews are ours,
Beginning and end, intertwined.

Begging for amnesty,
They flow,
In a sea of decay,
But Never giving up Hope,
In what remains.

...Aaaaand he's gone back to his wailing. You look at the script he's handed you. It looks like any normal script, except at the bottom of the page, scrawled in messy handwriting:

DUVCOPLOZUM

How incredibly strange... Perhaps you can try and figure out what has upset the King so much?

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    $\begingroup$ Not sure of how to use it, but it seems that some of the poem is hinting at letters to be used >!"O" woe is me... Those "U"s are "R"s... a "C" of "D" "K" $\endgroup$ – elmer007 Apr 27 '16 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ (I don't think you can put spoiler blocks in comments.) I suspect "O woe" is actually "O O". I guess the "U"s in the scrawl need to be turned into "R"s. I wonder whether the C of DK is coincidence. Note also: "amnesty" ends with ST. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 27 '16 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ I think Z is an A (Beginning and End intertwined) $\endgroup$ – gannolloy Apr 27 '16 at 17:16
  • $\begingroup$ You're all definitely on the right track! $\endgroup$ – KoA Apr 27 '16 at 21:53
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The answer is

BROKENHEART

This is created by substituting the letters in DUVCOPLOZUM

Explanations:

Oh woe is me, Two terms combined,

O O = E (@Gareth McCaughan)

Those yews are ours

U = R (@elmer007)

Beginning and end, intertwined.

Z = A (@gannolloy)

Begging for Amnesty

M = T (Amnesty = M is T)

They flow,

??? V = O

In a sea of decay,

C = K


At this point, we have

_ROKE__EART


But Never giving up Hope,
In what remains.

Fill in the blanks with B, N, and H. (@feelinferrety)
BROKENHEART

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    $\begingroup$ B... N... H... in what remains. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Apr 28 '16 at 1:32
  • $\begingroup$ Yup, that's right! They flow is just the sound 'They' = V, 'flow' = O $\endgroup$ – KoA Apr 28 '16 at 1:44
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    $\begingroup$ I'm still at a loss for how 'They' sounds like 'V'. 'We' sounds like 'V' to me, though. $\endgroup$ – Wesley Situ Apr 28 '16 at 1:46
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    $\begingroup$ @Deusovi Wait, shieldbug's profile says hes from Australia. So with an Australian accent, V could be pronounced 'Vay' instead of 'Vee' $\endgroup$ – Wesley Situ Apr 28 '16 at 1:50
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    $\begingroup$ The sounds are phonetically quite similar, and can merge in some dialects. However, they are different for most speakers. Personally, I would not have gotten that "they" was meant to clue the letter V. $\endgroup$ – f'' Apr 28 '16 at 2:25

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