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Sonnet* 116
Let me not to the marriage of true
Admit impediments; love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove
This entire emphasises on the fact that love cannot change
"love is not love", by Shakespeare saying that the subject "love" is not love provides he
statement being made about love that more powerful.
The term "impediment" is a traditional word used in marriage services, the use of the word
enables to present love in the strong bond and unity of two people through marriage. There is
a link between love and marriage.
"Remover to remove", near repetition suggests that love is constant ­ it won't change the way
appearances do.
O no it is an everfixed
That looks on tempests
and is never shaken;
It is the star to every
wand'ring bark
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
"tempests" storm
"That looks on tempests and is never shaken", the fact that "love" may look on "tempests"
and can't be altered again puts emphasise on the strength of the love. When something is
juxtaposed with storms, the common idea brought with it is destruction, as storms can even
bring down the strongest of buildings. However the fact that the love is "never shaken" allows
the reader to imply the great strength of "love"
"everfixed mark" implies that love is not a temporary thing, but it is in fact a lifelong
commitment, of which will remain for eternity. The term "mark" is commonly associated with
the idea of something being permanent. This may imply how Shakespeare view of love may be
that the remains may even last after ones death.
"Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken" The star's height can be
mathematically measured, but its value to the ships it guides is immeasurable. This is a direct
*Sonnet ­ Love poem of 14 lines

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It is the star to every wand'ring bark" This metaphor compares love to the pole star which
stays in the same place in the sky and helps sailors to navigate.…read more

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The use of oxymoron
The use of metaphors
The fact that the poem is a sonnet
*Sonnet ­ Love poem of 14 lines…read more


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