GCSE AQA Anthology - Relationships - Sonnet 116

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  • Sonnet 116
    • Summary
      • Written by William Shakespeare.
      • In the poem, Shakespeare argues that no matter what happens, true love won't change.
        • True love is a constant.
      • Shakespeare is saying that if what he says isn't true, then he didn't write.
    • Form
      • Four Quatrains and a rhyming couplet at the end.
      • It is in a Sonnet form.
        • Sonnets were a popular form of poetry in Shakespeare's time.
          • Especially for love.
      • There is a regular rhyme scheme.
        • This gives a sense of order and completeness
      • It is written in Iambic Pentameter.
        • Imitates
          • Beating heart
          • Natural speech
    • Structure
      • The quatrains all discuss the same idea.
        • Love being unchanged.
        • Different imagery.
      • Rhyming Couplet
        • The narrator's guarantee that what he is saying is true.
    • Language
      • Sailing
        • Love is reliable
        • It guides us in a uncertain and stormy world.
      • Time and Ageing
        • Love isn't tricked by the effects of time.
          • It remains the same.
        • Love isn't at the mercy of time.
          • It has no end.
    • Feelings and Attitudes
      • Devotion
        • The poem declares a love which will not change.
      • True Love
        • Not based on looks.
        • It's not shallow or superficial.
      • Constancy
        • Love is fixed
        • Love is eternal
        • Will not change
          • Even when the object of love changes.

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